Monday, 21 September 2009

Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Week 25

Náutico 0-0 Atlético Miniero
Vitória 2-0 Internacional
Atlético Paranaense 1-0 Sport Recife
Avaí 4-0 Barueri
Grêmio 5-1 Fluminense
Santo André 1-1 São Paulo
Santos 0-0 Botafogo
Flamengo 3-0 Coritiba
Corinthians 1-4 Goiás

Náuico picked up a valuable point in their fight against the drop after holding Atlético-MG to a goalless draw. Plenty of action in the game as the highlights will show, but nothing really to write home about. Internacional, who being the defence of the Copa Sudamericana this week, fell to a second straight defeat againt a Vitória side now unbeated in 4. It took until the second half for the goals to arrive, Uelliton headed the home side ahead on the hour before Roger completed things from the spot 13 minutes later. Atlético-PR bounced back from their midweek Sudamericana exit to leave Sport deep in relegation trouble at the foot of the table. One goal settled it and it game in the first minute of the game, Marcinho firing home from the edge of the box.

After losing their last three games Avaí got back on the horse against Barueri. William put Avaí ahead after 20 minutes and 7 minutes later Eltinho doubled the lead taking advantage of some poor defending from Barueri. Things didn't get better for them in the second half, Muriqui made it three after a quick break from the back and Leo Gago finished things off seven minutes from time. To cap of a bad day for Barueri, Daniel Marques saw red 5 minutes from time. Now, if Fluminense weren't in the mire enough before they went to Porto Alegre on Sunday their confidence would have been shot to pieces after a 5-1 thumping from Grêmio. It was all over by half time, two goals from Souza The first a header from a set play, the second a real poachers effort either side of a retaken penalty from Tchecho ensured a 3-0 half time lead for Grêmio. Kieza pulled one back for Fluminense when he headed home 12 minutes in to the second half but the lead was restored a minute later when Kieza scored again, this time into his own net. It summed up Fluminense's luck at the moment and Jonas put the final nail in the coffin six minutes from time. With Palmeiras kicking their heels until Wednesday, São Paulo had the chance to go top of the league as they took on Santo André. The Champions took an early lead when Jean volleyed them ahead with only 7 minutes on the clock. It was expected to be one way traffic from there, but Santo André showed great spirit and pegged São Paulo back with 20 minutes to go, Pablo Escobar slotting the ball under an advancing Rogerio Ceni to level things and keep São Paulo in second in the table.

Botafogo, after their promising performance in midweek, picked a point up from their trip to Santos. Chances were at a premium but Botafogo had the woodwork and goalkeeper Jefferson to thank for the point. Felipe was also in great for in the Santos goal as well. Flamengo moved up into 8th after a 3-0 victory over Coritiba. The visitors struck a post early doors but went in behind after Dejan Petkovic put Flamengo ahead with a cracking free kick from the edge of the box. Adriano then hit the post for Flamengo, but he wasn't to be denied as he doubled the lead 10 minutes into the second half with a cheeky chip. Willians rounded things off 8 minutes from time when he thumped home a thunderbolt from 25 yards out. The Corinthians slump continues, this time well beaten at home by Goiás. Iarley put the visitors ahead after just 8 minutes, tapping home after Leo Lima had sprung the offside trap. Fernando doubled the advantage before half time, poor defending allowing him to get his shot off. More poor Corinthians defending allowed Iarley to grab a second 5 minutes after half time but Dentinho pulled a goal back with 15 minutes to go after Corinthians had hit the woodwork twice in quick succession. It was just a temporary blip for Goiás who rounded things off when João Paulo was left unmarked on the six yard line to head home.

The round is completed on Wednesday night when leaders Palmeiras are away at Cruzeiro. A win would give them a vital three point advantage in the table. We'll put that one to bed on Thursday.

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