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BRAZILIAN SERIE A

2018/2019 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
6 Atlético-MG 12 6 8 42
7 Cruzeiro 9 10 7 37
8 Corinthians 9 7 10 34
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Boca Juniors beat Cruzeiro as Dede sent off; Independiente, River Plate draw

On Tuesday night the quarterfinal first legs of the Copa Libertadores got underway with a 2-0 win for a Brazilian club over opposition from Argentina, in a game where a VAR-induced red card had a significant impact.

On Wednesday the exact opposite took place. This time with much more controversy.

In Gremio's 2-0 triumph away to Atletico Tucuman, there was little doubt that Tucuman's Gervesio Nunez deserved his red card after the video ref caught him stamping on an opponent.  But in the 2-0...

Brazil great Ronaldo discharged from Ibiza hospital after heavy flu

Former Brazil and Real Madrid striker Ronaldo was discharged from an Ibiza hospital on Tuesday after suffering "heavy flu" while on holiday.

The 41-year-old was admitted on Friday after reportedly suffering from pneumonia. Hospital sources told Spanish media that Ronaldo left on Tuesday.

Ronaldo, who won the World Cup's Golden Boot as Brazil won a record fifth title in 2002, assured fans on social media on Sunday that he was fine and would soon be ready to go home after suffering "a heavy bout of...

Brazil great Ronaldo in hospital in Ibiza after suffering with pneumonia

Ronaldo, a 2002 World Cup winner with Brazil, was at the opening ceremony for the 2018 tournament
Ronaldo, a 2002 World Cup winner with Brazil, is in hospital in Ibiza recovering from pneumonia.

Ronaldo Nazario was admitted to hospital in Ibiza to be treated for pneumonia, with the former Brazil and Real Madrid great set to be discharged Monday.

Local newspaper Diario de Ibiza said the two-time Ballon d'Or holder and 2002 World Cup Golden Boot winner is in the intensive care unit at the private Policlinica Nuestra Senora del Rosario hospital on the Spanish island, after being taken to a public hospital on the island on Friday evening.

Sources subsequently confirmed the reports to ESPN FC,...

Copa Libertadores meeting shows ex-Brazil starlets Dede and Romulo heading in different directions

Football can be a precarious career. There are no guarantees. Momentum can be derailed by so many events: an unwise move, a change of coach, pure bad luck. But there is nothing worse than the dreaded injury, especially to the knees.

This is a panful subject for a pair of Brazilians who broke through together and whose current teams faced each other this week in the Copa Libertadores.

Centre-back Dede and central midfielder Romulo made their names in the Vasco da Gama team that won the Brazilian...

 By Tim Vickery

Traditional domestic giants caught up in Brazilian league relegation mire

Cruzeiro coach Mano Menezes
Mano Menezes has brought back some confidence to the Cruzeiro camp who are caught up in the relegation battle.

Going into the home straight -- 11 of the 38 rounds remain -- and the battle for the Brazilian league title is heating up nicely. Third-placed Atletico Mineiro are not out of the picture. But the focus is on the front two; Palmeiras of Sao Paulo won on Saturday to stretch their lead at the top to four points -- duly reduced to just one, 24 hours later when Rio de Janeiro giants Flamengo staged a late rally to overcome Cruzeiro.

In all the excitement, it is easy to forget that the state of play at...