Friday, 9 October 2009

Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Week 28

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

Nothing to really write home about as Barueri and Santo André finished goalless. Both teams did hit the woodwork but Marcelinho Carioca will still be wondering now how he didn't win the game for Santo André. Sport were plunged deeper into relegation trouble after a single goal home defeat to Santos. After a wonder save from Santos keeper Felipe kept the game score less the visitors grabbed the winner 8 minutes before half time when Felipe Azevedo blocked a clearance and put the ball past Magrão. São Paulo, the main challengers for the title, dropped two points at home to Coritiba. Hernanes put São Paulo ahead after 23 minutes but the visitors went into the break ahead. Renathino levelled after Rogerio Ceni failed to handle a shot and then Marcelinho's corner went straight in to hand Coritiba a shock lead. São Paulo snatched a point 20 minutes into the second half, Washington on hand to put home a rebound to level things up but São Paulo will view this a two points dropped.

Grêmio still only have one away win to their name all season after a scoreless draw at Atlético-PR. They will be kicking themselves though, they had more than enough chances to win the game. Fluminense picked up a valuable point in their fight against the drop. Alan put Flu ahead with only 4 minutes on the clock but they were pegged back after 23 minutes. Denthino with a header past Rafael to leave Fluminense still rooted to the bottom of the table. Meanwhile neighbours Flamengo shared 6 goals with Vitória. Without Adriano due to international duty Denis Marques put Flamengo ahead after 13 minutes but they were pegged back 4 minutes later when Roger levelled matter. Two minutes later Flamengo were ahead again, Dejan Petkovic's free kick sneaking in at the near post. That lead lasted only three minutes before a Ramon Menezes free kick left Bruno unmoved in the Flamengo goal. Menezes then put Vitória ahead before half time after finishing off a flowing move. Flamengo chased the game for all of the second half but they only levelled in the last minute when Ze Roberto was at the back post to slot home.

Internacional put their recent poor run of form behind them as they picked up their first win in seven against Náutico. Alecsandro put Inter ahead after 23 minutes but Náutico levelled 6 minutes before half time through Bruno Miniero. Inter went in ahead at half time, Andre D'Alessandro with a free kick which beat the wall and the keeper. Alecsandro grabbed a second in the last minute to wrap up the points for Inter. Palmeiras were forced to fightback from two goals down at home to Avaí to keep their 5 point lead at the top of the table. William's header put Avaí ahead after 8 minutes and another header from Emerson doubled the lead on the half hour. Wagner Love began the fightback 7 minutes before half time when he lashed home from 6 yards out. It looked like Avaí were going to hang on for a famous victory but they were undone 5 minutes from time when a cross from Ortigoza was met by Robert and he headed home the leveller. Wagner Love then got himself sent off for a poor challenge but Palmeiras still remain on course for a first title since 1994. Goiás dropped out of the Libertadores places after crashing 3-0 at Cruzeiro. All the goals came in the second half, Leandro Lima put Cruzeiro ahead a minutes into the second half and then Wellington Paulista doubled the advantage a couple of minutes later. Leandro Eusebio was then sent off for Goiás for a knee high challenge and Wellington Paulista lashed home a second to seal the points for Cruzeiro.

Botafogo finally moved out of the relegation zone after a crushing first half display against Atlético-MG. Andre Lima put Botafogo ahead after beating the Atlético-MG offside trap with just 8 minutes on the clock. Four minutes later and the lead was doubled, Lucio Flavio weaving his way through the Atlético-MG defence to curl the ball home. Reinaldo made it three just after the half hour when Botafogo caught Atlético-MG on the break and the shot from the edge of the box found the top corner. Corrêa pulled a goal back for Atlético-MG from the penalty spot just after the hour but a miserable day for the visitors was completed when Jorge Luiz was sent off 10 minutes from time.

Games this weekend are split between Saturday and Monday and they line up like this....

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

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