Jorge Wagner scored a spectacular chip shot to give leader Sao Paulo a 1-0 win over arch rival Palmeiras, widening its lead atop the Brazilian national championship.
Wagner worked a give-and-go with striker Aloisio and tapped the ball home in the 39th minute to give the defending champions three points to move onto 47 points, eight ahead of second-placed Cruzeiro.
Cruzeiro managed only a 2-2 tie with Parana.
Wagner opened the scoring for Cruzeiro with a tap-in in the 25th minute, but Josiel pulled Parana even on 57 minutes with a sharp finish from a corner. Marcelo Moreno put Cruzeiro up again with a chip shot in the 63rd minute, but Josiel fired home his second nine minutes later to complete the scoring.
Five-time champion Flamengo, struggling to climb away from the relegation zone, missed a penalty and drew 1-1 with Rio rival Botafogo 1-1. Botafogo is third on the table, a point behind Cruzeiro.
Flamengo striker Souza set up Juan, who tapped his shot under the keeper to open the scoring in the 34th minute. But Jorge Henrique finished a solo run by Adriano Feliciano in the 58th minute to level. Souza missed a penalty in the 74th minute.
The result left Flamengo in 16th place with 25 points, just two points above the relegation zone.
Rio club Fluminense got a pair of goals from Thiago Neves and overpowered 2006 Copa Libertadores and club world champion Internacional 4-1.
Sport of Recife beat Gremio 2-0 to climb to ninth place with 31 points, a single point behind two-time champion Gremio,
Atletico Mineiro trounced Corinthians 5-2 and pushed the 2005 national champions to 16th place, with just 27 points. Corinthians sacked coach Paulo Cesar Carpeggiani last weekend.
Juventude recorded a 2-0 upset win over Goias. It was the first win in nine games for Juventude, which remains second last and five points from safety.
Figueirense had no trouble defeating last-placed America 3-1. America has lost 18 of its 22 games and looks doomed to relegation.
Santos faces Atletico Paranaense on Thursday, and Vasco da Gama plays host to Nautico.