RIO DE JANEIRO, July 17 (Reuters) - Brazilian champions Corinthians slumped to their sixth successive defeat as they lost 1-0 to arch-rivals Palmeiras at the weekend.
Midfielder Paulo Baier latched onto a defence-splitting pass from veteran forward Edmundo to score the only goal one minute before halftime.
The defeat left Corinthians 19th in the 20-team table and continued the public slanging match between the club's directors and its partners, London-based Media Sports Investments (MSI).
Before the match, several directors had openly criticised MSI president Kia Joorabchian for allowing Argentina forward Carlos Tevez to miss the game.
After the game, the Iranian-born Joorabchian hit back.
'These last two years have been very tiring,' he said in a radio interview. 'Why do they always criticise the investor...Why do they complain about everything we do?'
MSI have invested millions of dollars since signing the partnership at the end of 2004, including a South American record fee of $18 million for Tevez.
But, despite winning last year's championship, the partnership has been littered with problems, worsened by a second round exit in this year's Libertadores Cup.
Palmeiras, who have 10 points from 12 games, move one place and one point above Corinthians after only their third win of the competition.
The high spot of the weekend came in Porto Alegre where Gremio and Fluminense shared the points in a 4-4 draw.
Gremio led 2-0 midway through the second half after goals from Ramon and Romula before 'Flu' hit back with four in 17 minutes - one each from Evando and Marcelo and two by Serb midfielder Dejan Petkovic.
Injury-time goals from Herrera and Romulo salvaged a point from Gremio.
World club champions Sao Paulo went top by beating Figueirense 2-1, overtaking Cruzeiro who were held 0-0 at home by Goias.
Former Brazil coach Emerson Leao enjoyed his first win in charge of Sao Caetano as they beat Santos, coached by his bitter personal rival Vanderlei Luxemburgo, 2-0.