NEWCASTLE – Sao Paulo missed an opportunity to go to the top of the Campeonato and it took a late Rivaldo equaliser for them just to draw 2-2 at home against Atletico Paranaense.
The result took Sao Paulo to one point behind co-leaders Corinthians and Flamengo, who both have a game in hand.
Strugglers Atletico went ahead after 21 minutes when Fransergio got ahead of his marker to head in from a free-kick, but the lead lasted just three minutes before Ilsinho cracked in a superb 22-yard strike after creating space for the shot with some neat footwork.
The visitors regained the lead after 77 minutes when Edigar drilled a left-footed shot low past Rogerio Ceni, but substitute Rivaldo, the 39-year-old former FIFA world player of the year, bundled home a last-minute leveller to earn the draw.
Botafogo climbed two places to move to fourth in the table after a 4-2 home win over America Mineiro , in which they fell two goals behind inside eight minutes but came back strongly.
Alessandro netted after two minutes and Rodriguinho doubled America's lead in the eighth minute, but Botafogo pulled a goal back through Elkeson after 31 minutes.
The hosts grew in strength after half-time and levelled through Antonio Carlos in the 63rd minute before Alex scored twice, in the 76th and 79th minutes, the second a penalty, to take the game away from America.
Cruzeiro crushed Avai 5-0, with goals from Fabricio, Anselmo Ramon, Walter Montillo, Thiago Ribeiro and Jose Maria Ortigoza.
Montillo's goal, Cruzeiro's third, was a penalty in the 44th minute after Wellington Paulista was brought down by Welton Felipe, who was sent off.
Ortigoza's strike, a curling left-footed shot from the right into the far top corner, was the pick of the goals.
Atletico Goianiense beat Santos 2-0, with second-half goals from Anselmo, in the 69th minute, and Diogo Campos, in the 80th minute.