Corinthians lose 3-2 to Goias

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Corinthians finished the season on top of the Brazilian league, despite a 3-2 loss at Goias on Sunday.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:53 IST
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Corinthians finished the season on top of the Brazilian league, despite a 3-2 loss at Goias on Sunday. Nearest rivals Internacional also lost at Coritiba, leaving Corinthians three points clear at the top of the table on 81 points. Corinthians fans were officially given 7,000 tickets for this away fixture, but about four times that number were in attendance to see their team attempt to clinch the Brazilian title. In the second minute, the fans should have had reason to celebrate but Coelho's shot was well saved. Midway through the half, the Goias 'keeper did well again, as Carlos Tevez turned and shot just wide. Then totally against the run of play, the home side took the lead in first half injury time. Right back Paulo Baier scored the goal, sending the home fans into a frenzy. That lead lasted just five minutes into the second half, as Tevez showed wonderful balance before firing into the bottom corner for the Argentine striker's 20th goal of the campaign for Corinthians. In the 58th minute, the visitors took the lead with a wonderful freekick from Coelho. With Internacional going on to lose 1-0 to Coritiba, Corinthians had the chanceto go six points clear at the top of the table and erase any doubts about their validity as champions. It may just have caused the visitors to lose their rhythm, because Goias got back on level terms after 70 minutes when Souza capitalised on some poor marking to squeeze the equaliser through the goalkeeper's legs. Five minutes from time, Goias all three points, thanks to Romerito's diving header. Court ruling But the 3-2 loss didn't bother Corinthians, who clearly thought they were champions despite the fact that a court will ultimately decide that. A judge ruled early on Sunday morning that the Brazilian Soccer Confederation (CBF) was prohibited from declaring a league champion until a sports tribunal's decision to annul 11 Brazilian league matches because of match-fixing allegations is fully analysed. Internacional were one of the clubs that complained the most when Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Sports Justice annulled the matches and ordered them replayed in October after a referee confessed to authorities that he accepted bribes from gamblers to ensure the outcomes of games. Internacional had a win wiped out by the ruling, while Corinthians had two defeats reversed. Inter would have finished one point ahead of Corinthians had the matches not been annulled. (AP)

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