Monday, 7 September 2009

Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Week 23

Corinthians 2-1 Santos
Palmeiras 2-1 Barueri
Sport Recife 2-1 Botafogo
Grêmio 1-1 Vitória
Goiás 2-2 Coritiba
Atlético Paranaense 0-0 Flamengo
Cruzeiro 1-2 São Paulo
Santo André 1-2 Atlético Miniero
Avaí 0-2 Internacional
Fluminense 1-1 Náutico

No rest for the international break as Week 23 opened on Wednesday night with the big derby clash between Corinthians and Santos. All the goals came in the second half and it was the visitors who took the lead when Eli Sabia headed in a free kick. Corinthians levelled 10 minutes from time when Bill was first to react to a shot that hit the post and then Corinthians won the game two minutes from time when Chicão headed home. The Big Green, again sporting their Blue kit at home, remain top after a 2-1 home win over Barueri. Again all the goals came in the second half. Diego Souza put Palmeiras ahead 4 minutes in the second half heading home a Cleiton Xavier cross. Wagner Love, back from a stint in Russia, doubled the lead from the spot with 17 to go. Barueri hit back 4 minutes from time when Marcos couldn't handle Leandro Castãn's header and he was on hand to slam home what turned out to be mere consolation. Grêmio came from behind to snatch a draw with Vitória. Neto Berola put Vitória ahead 5 minutes before half time and then they hit the post early in the second half. Vitória were hampered by the dismissial of Magal for 2 yellow cards and Grêmio finally hit back two minutes from time when Jonas volleyed home from near the penalty spot. Jonas could then have won it in injury time but put his shot over the bar.

Honours even at Goiás, where Coritiba snatched a late point. Ariel Nahuelpan put Coritiba ahead after 16 minutes but Goiás went into half time ahead. Felipe levelling things with a super free kick before some poor defending allowed Léo Lima to fire the home side ahead. Ariel Nahuelpan had the last say though, after more comedy defending Nahuelpan got the goal of the weekend with a spectacular bicycle kick. No goals between Atlético-PR and Flamengo but plenty of talking points. Most of the action came in the first 20 minutes, the Atlético-PR manager was dismissed, as was Willians for Flamengo for a stray arm. But the actions of the Atlético-PR player involved need looking at, talk about a delayed reaction to getting clouted. São Paulo in the hunt for 5 in a row after a valuable victory at Cruzeiro. Diego Renan put Cruzeiro ahead just before half time after poor São Paulo passing. But the Champions aren't going to give up their title without a fight and hit back through Marlos 20 minutes into the second half. Borges then won it for São Paulo with a strike 9 minutes from time to move them up to third.

Atlético-MG picked up their first win in 6 after overcoming a Santo André side which falls into the relegation zone. Atlético-MG left it late though, after falling behind to a goal from Wanderley mid way through the second half. Éder Luís levelled things two minutes from time and Diego Tardelli's injury time header snatched all three points. Despite finishing the game with 9 players, Internacional remain second in the table. Fabiano Eller put Inter head after 34 minutes but the first red card came two minutes before half time when Índio was dismissed for a poor tackle. Undaunted by their loss, Inter doubled the lead when Magrão struck on the break. Then Bolívar was dismissed for a second yellow card but the 9 men held on. Náutico climbed out of the relegation zone after a 1-1 draw with cellar dwellers Fluminense. Dario Conca put Flu ahead with a shot from the edge of the box half way through the first half. Náutico were gifted their equaliser though when Flu keeper Rafael spilled a shot and Carlinhos Bala was on hand to nod home the equaliser.

The big game of the week was in Recife where two relegation threatened teams met. The game as a contest though was over inside 7 minutes. Firstly with the game 5 minutes old, Fabiano Pereira headed Sport ahead and two minutes later
Luciano threaded the ball through for Wilson to double the advantage. As much as Botafogo tried to get into the game they found Magrão in the Sport goal in fine form. Junihno gave Botafogo hope when Magrão made a hash of saving his free kick and it ended up in the back of the net. Andre Lima was then incorrectly ruled offside but Magrão saved anyway and then Lucio Flavio blasted over. Botafogo keeper Flavio kept them in the game with a great save by Sport hung on to go three games undefeated.

Next weeks fixtures start on Saturday and finish the following Wednesday. A round of the first 8 on Monday with the last game follow up on Thursday.

São Paulo x Avaí
Flamengo x Sport Recife
Atlético Miniero x Atlético Paranaense
Internacional x Cruzeiro
Vitória x Palmeiras
Santos x Santo André
Botafogo x Fluminense
Barueri x Goiás
Náutico x Grêmio
Coritiba x Corinthians

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