Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Week 29

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

São Paulo were denied top spot as they were beaten by Flamengo despite taking the lead midway through the first half. They're in rotten form are SPFC with one win in five while Flamengo are upwardly mobile and so it started with Flamengo all over their visitors. It was something against the run of play when Hernanes plucked a 60-yard ball out of the sky, took it round the keeper and rolled it home. The Rubro-Negro got their just desserts in the second half after a string of missed chances. It took a retaken penalty to get them level. The award itself was controversial - it looked an innocuous challenge - as was the retake - the keeper barely moved and still had one foot on the line - but Dejan Petkovic kept his cool and chipped it home. The winner came ten minutes from the end, an inch-perfect through ball for Ze Roberto saw him poke it just inside the far post.

Internacional were held 1-1 by Atlético-PR, left it very late and also finished with ten men. Denied a blatant penalty by a ref who couldn't keep up with play, Atlético went ahead 12 minutes from the end, Patrick slotting home at the second attempt after Lauro parried his initial shot right back at him, but they couldn't hold on. A minute from time, Alecsandro ghosted in at the near post to snatch a point. Deep in stoppage time, Bolivar's rash lunge earned him a second yellow and a slightly early bath.

Fluminense remain bottom, but pulled within striking distance of Santo André thanks to a win over them. Brazilian nicknames really aren't as good as they used to be, but Alan cracked in a toaster from the edge of the box to put Fluminense ahead and Fred's penalty made it two, the ex-Lyon man sending the keeper the wrong way in style. Camilo headed in half way through the second half to pull one back, but Fluzão hung on. Corinthians moved above Grêmio by beating them 2-1. A speculative long-range effort from Ronaldo crept in to put Corinthians ahead and the big man turned provider to send Elias clear to make it two. Réver headed in from a corner to pull one back, but Corinthians were worthy winners. Late action at the Couto Pereira where Barueri came out winners. It was into the last twenty minutes when Marcio Careca poked home a well-weighted cross to put the visitors ahead, but Coritiba were back level within five minutes, Marcos Aurélio's cross spilled at the feet of Bruno Batata who couldn't miss. The winner came in stoppage time, a lovely exchange of passes finishing with Thiago Humberto lashing it high past the stranded keeper.

Atlético-MG lost again, Wellington Paulista again doing the damage as Cruzeiro ended the week on a high, but Palmeiras couldn't take advantage, going down against Náutico. Failure to clear a corner saw Claudio Luiz gifted a sixth-minute opener and Bruno Mineiro scored in each half to seal it. The first was swept in at the near post, Palmeiras caught short down the flanks, his second a free header, the Palmeiras defence standing around like those big heads on Easter Island. Sport's point keeps them off the bottom on goal difference. They came from behind to get it, equalising Leo Lima's headed opener ten minutes from time through Lucian Henrique with a bullet header, none of the Goiás defence picking up his late run. Santos had the better of the game against Vitória but couldn't find a way past Gléger Zorim in the Vitória goal who pulled off a string of top drawer saves to earn his side a point.

Back to a regular Saturday/Sunday programme next week:

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

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