RIO DE JANEIRO - Rogerio Ceni, the
world's highest scoring goalkeeper, took his tally to 90 on
Sunday as he helped Sao Paulo hold Brazilian championship
leaders Fluminense to a 2-2 draw at the Maracana.
Struggling champions Flamengo, meanwhile, named former
Brazil midfielder Silas as their third coach of the season
before conceding two goals in stoppage time to lose 2-1 away to
Flu lead the championship with 37 points from 17 matches,
three points more than Corinthians who beat Vitoria 2-1 in
former Brazil striker Ronaldo's first appearance since the
World Cup recess.
Santos and newly-crowned South American champions
Internacional, who both have a game in hand, and Botafogo are
joint third with 27 points.
Flamengo's sixth defeat in 17 matches left them 13th with
21 points, while Sao Paulo are 15th with 19.
Ceni equalised with a free-kick after former Portugal
midfielder Deco had put Fluminense ahead with his first goal
for the club in his third match since joining them from
Sao Paulo striker Fernandao made it 2-1 with a header
before half-time but defender Leandro Euzebio headed Flu's
equaliser on the hour.
Flu striker Washington could have scored a winner with a
penalty for handball by Richarlyson but Ceni produced a
brilliant diving save in the left corner of his goal.
"The important thing today was to add a point in this
delicate moment we're going through. What least matters now is
the individual," Ceni told reporters of the six-times Brazilian
"When we're winning and all's well we can even take the
luxury of exalting personal records and achievements, but at
this moment Sao Paulo need to be united to try and get out of
Flamengo looked set to mark the arrival of former Brazil
midfielder Silas, sacked by Gremio three weeks ago and watching
in the stands a few hours after his appointment, with a victory
after a headed goal by defender Jean.
But Guarani, for whom Ricardo Xavier had missed a penalty,
turned the result around in added time when Ailson knocked in a
free-kick with his knee and Reinaldo struck the winner in the
Flamengo's executive director and former Brazil
international Zico said he was confident Silas could turn the
"He's a trainer from the new generation who has been doing
a great job for a long while and can find what we want," Zico
"He likes attacking football and that fits well with
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