O Coritiba won three points in the race against relegation last Saturday (11), after 1-0 victory against Cruzeiro, in Vila Capanema. Now, Coxa has 29 points and is nine behind first outside the zone. But, with four games left in the Brasileirão, the situation remains complicated for Alviverde.
In the next round, Coxa will face Fluminense, away from home. The result of the match could define the future of the team from Paraná, but that depends on Cruzeiro. The Minas Gerais team will play two delayed round games this and next week, on November 18th and 22nd.
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This Saturday (18), Raposa faces Fortaleza away from home, at 6:30 pm. And on Wednesday (22), they play Vasco, at home. The matches must take place without the presence of fans from Minas Gerais, as Coxa and Cruzeiro must play the rest of the championship without fans, both home and away.
If Cruzeiro wins one of the games or draws both, Coxa will need to beat Fluminense, at Maracanã, to still have a mathematical chance of staying. In this scenario, if Alviverde loses, he is at least ten points away from leaving the zone and, with just three more rounds, he will not be able to gain enough points.
If Cruzeiro doesn’t score, Coxa could even lose or draw, but it will depend on the results of Bahia and Cruzeiro’s games to stay in the fight. Bahia faces Corinthians away from home and Cruzeiro visits Goiás. If one of the two If they win, Coritiba would not be able to gain the points necessary to leave the zone in three rounds.
Quarry in the final stretch
After Fluminense, Coritiba hosts Botafogo at Couto Pereira, for the 36th round. Alvinegro is in the fight for the title, after losing its long lead to Palmeiras, in the 34th round.
In the 37th round, Coxa goes to Bragança Paulista to play Bragatino, another candidate for the title. Currently, the team is three points behind the leader in the table and drew with Botafogo in the last round, taking Fogão out of first place.
In the last round, Alviverde plays Corinthians, at Couto Pereira, on Wednesday, December 6th. The São Paulo team is also in the fight against relegation, but the victory over Grêmio this Sunday (12), left the team in a much more comfortable situation, seven points away from the relegation zone.
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