Fluminense stretch lead in Brazil

Fluminense opened up a nine-point advantage at the top of the Brazilian Campeonato on Thursday night with a 2-1 home win over Coritiba.

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Wellington Nem opened the scoring after 15 minutes and Thiago Neves doubled the hosts' lead in the 72nd minute.

Everton Ribeiro pulled a goal back for the visitors nine minutes from time but they could not find an equaliser.

The victory moved Fluminense well clear of second-placed Atletico Mineiro, who have six games remaining.

Elsewhere, Ponte Preta edged their mid-table encounter with Cruzeiro 1-0 thanks to Roger's 33rd-minute strike, while Santos and Nautico Recife battled out a goalless draw.

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