It will be very difficult for any of the direct competitors to take Palmeiras’ second consecutive title, their 12th national title.
With the 1-0 victory over Fluminense at Allianz Parque, in the penultimate round of the tournament, the Alviverde team reached 69 points and practically got their hands on the Brasileiro-2024 cup.
The score can still be reached by Atlético-MG, Flamengo and Botafogo, who can also reach the 20 victories that Palmeiras achieved this Sunday. It is unlikely that one of these three will be able to reach Palmeiras’ goal difference: 31 goals. Atlético-MG has a goal difference of 23, Flamengo, 16, and Botafogo, also 23.
Specifically, what Palmeiras’ victory determined was the exclusion of Grêmio from the list of possible champions. The team from Rio Grande do Sul, which soon (6:30 pm) faces Vasco in Porto Alegre, has 62 points and can reach a maximum of 68.
Fluminense started the game well and had two scoring opportunities, but from midway through the first half the home team began to grow and impose themselves.
In the 29th minute of the first half, Zé Rafael made a deep pass to Breno Lopes, who beat the tricolor defender in the race and hit it with his left foot to beat goalkeeper Fábio.
The team had two goals disallowed in the first half. One in the 16th minute, when Endrick handled the ball before Breno Lopes scored, and another in the 40th minute, when the ball went across the baseline before Marcos Rocha crossed for Breno Lopes to score again.
Palmeiras continued to improve in the second half. And Fluminense’s situation was complicated by the expulsion of right-back Justen, in the 8th minute.
At Maracanã, Flamengo beat Cuiabá 2-1 and reached the same 66 points as Atlético-MG. Just 4 minutes into the first half, Luiz Araújo opened the scoring for the red and black team. In the first half’s stoppage time, at 48, Pedro expanded.
In the 33rd minute of the second half, Clayson, with a penalty, reduced the score for Cuiabá.
The match marked Felipe Luís’s farewell to the Rio team.
At 6:30 pm, Botafogo, one of those that can still, mathematically, take the title from Palmeiras, receives Cruzeiro at the Nilton Santos stadium (Engenhão).
See here how the Brazilian 2023 classification is.