Atletico-PR went into the thirty-seventh round of the Campeonato Brasileiro on a low note having lost the Copa do Brasil final to Flamengo. The loss almost meant that any hope of qualifying for the Copa Libertadores had to come through the league route. Santos on the hand had nothing concrete to play for going into the clash in Rio Preta. Only pride was on the line. Surprisingly it was this intangible driving force that prevailed. In an encounter that did little to quicken the pulse, Santos came from behind for the first time this season to beat the visitors 2x1, putting another hole into their hopes of Libertadores qualification.