December 2, 2018 / 9:26 PM / 16 days ago

Soccer-Vitoria relegated from Serie A after 3-2 loss at Palmeiras

SAO PAULO, Dec 2 (Reuters) - Brazilian champions Palmeiras beat Vitoria 3-2 to end their season on a winning note on Sunday but there was disappointment for the visitors who were one of four teams relegated to the second division.

Edu Dracena and Gustavo Scarpa scored goals for Palmeiras either side of halftime but Yago and Luan pulled it back to 2-2 before Bruno Henrique got Palmeiras’ winner and confirmed Vitoria as one of the teams going down.

Parana had already been relegated before the final day began and were joined by Sport, whose 2-1 win over Santos was too little too late, and America-Mineiro, who lost 1-0 at Fluminense.

Flamengo, Internacional, Gremio, Sao Paulo and Atletico-Mineiro join Palmeiras among the Brazilian clubs that qualify for the 2019 Copa Libertadores, South America’s premier club competition.

Cruzeiro, who finished the league in eighth after a drab 0-0 draw with Bahia, also qualify as winners of the Copa do Brasil.

Fluminense, Corinthians, Bahia, Botafogo, Santos and Atletico Paranaense all guaranteed themselves places in the Copa Sudamericana, South America’s equivalent of the Europa League.

Serie B champions Fortaleza, led by former Sao Paulo goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni, were promoted to the Serie A and will be joined by CSA, Avai and Goias. (Reporting by Andrew Downie; editing by Clare Fallon)

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