RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Athletico Paranaense eased their relegation fears with a 1-0 home win over Cuiaba in Brazil's Serie A championship on Friday.
Pedro Neves struck the winning goal in the 58th minute as the hosts secured their 13th win of the campaign.
Paranaense, winners of this year's Copa Sudamericana - South America's equivalent of the Europa League - are now five points clear of the relegation places with two games left in the season. Cuiaba are 16th, just three points above the drop zone.
Meanwhile, Valentin Depietri scored in the 82nd minute as Fortaleza all but secured a berth in next year's Copa Libertadores with a 1-0 win at home to Juventude.
The result left Fortaleza fifth in the 10-team standings with 55 points while Juventude are 15th, above Cuiaba on goal difference.
In other Brazilian Serie A fixtures on Friday, Flamengo drew 1-1 at Sport Recife and Atletico Goianiense prevailed 1-0 at Chapecoense.