SAO PAULO (AP) -- Cruzeiro took the lead of the Brazilian league on Sunday by beating Atletico Mineiro 4-1, taking advantage of its opponent resting Ronaldinho and other regular starters after winning the Copa Libertadores four days ago.
Cruzeiro has the same 18 points as Internacional but is ahead on goal difference. Internacional, still without recently acquired Argentine striker Ignacio Scocco, missed a chance to stay ahead after a 3-0 loss at Nautico.
Defending champion Fluminense fell 2-0 to Gremio to lose its fifth game in a row and remains near the bottom of the table. six-time champion Sao Paulo extended its winless run to 12 matches fter a 0-0 draw with rival Corinthians at the Pacaembu. Sao Paulo was coming off eight straight losses.