PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (Reuters) - Internacional had two goals disallowed and could only draw 0-0 with Corinthians on Thursday in a result that denied them their first league trophy since 1979.
The Porto Alegre side started the final day two points behind Flamengo and needed to win and hope the reigning champions slipped up.
Flamengo lost 2-1 to Sao Paulo but Inter could not get the win they needed in a tense match at their Beira-Rio stadium.
Inter had a penalty award revoked through the VAR and a goal disallowed in the first half.
Inter's Caio Vidal hit the post early in the second half and Edenilson had a goal chalked off in stoppage time.
“We just missed that one goal," said a tearful midfielder Patrick. “We've been waiting 41 years for this ... We were so close.
"We had goals ruled out, VAR decisions went against us. You can't not feel the pain.
"I hope 2021 is better than this year.”
(Reporting by Andrew Downie in London; Editing by Peter Rutherford)