Monday, 18 January 2010

Campeonato Carioca - Taça Guanabara Week 1

Bangu 0-3 Boavista
Olaria 2-2 Volta Redonda
Madureria 2-1 América
Vasco da Gama 1-0 Tigres do Brasil
Macaé 2-3 Botafogo
Flamengo 3-2 Duque de Caixas
Friburguense 0-0 Resende
Americano 0-3 Fluminense

Boavista were the biggest winners of the weekend in Group A and head the table after their comfortable 3-0 win away at Bangu. Leo Guerreiro with a goal either side of half time before Jougle finished things off seven minutes from time. Olaria came from behind to get a point off Volta Redonda. América have been promising big things in the pre-season but they came unstuck at Madureria. Claudemir gave América a dream start, firing them ahead after only 3 minutes but Marcelo Ramos levelled after twenty miutes and went onto get the winner three minutes before half time. Vasco da Gama struggled to overcome Tigres do Brasil but sneaked home thanks to a goal from Fagner seven minutes before half time.

In the late game on Saturday, current holders Botafogo were given a real run for their money by Macaé. Gustavo Herrera put Botafogo ahead with only two minutes on the clock but Macaé responded almost immediately through André. A shock looked on the cards when Fernandao put Macaé ahead just after the half hour but Lucio Flavio levelled and Marcelo Cordeiro got the winner two minutes before half time.

On Sunday the Série A Champions Flamengo were made to work hard for their three points by Duque de Caxias. The visitors stunned the Maracanã when Maurinho fired them ahead after 17 minutes. They held onto the lead for over half an hour before Kleberson levelled five minutes after half time. Gonzalo Fierro then put Flamengo ahead two minutes later but Duque de Caxias weren't going to give up and John levelled with 11 minutes to go. When it looked like Duque de Caxias were going to get a point they had their hearts broken five minutes from time when Fernando grabbed a winner for the home side. The only scoreless game of the weekend came at Friburguense, where Resende claimed a point. Finally Fluminense continued their great run of form from last year when they brushed aside Americano. Everton put Flu ahead half way through the first half before Maicon doubled the lead on the stroke of half time. Júlio César wrapped things up in the second half.

No rest for the wicked as there is a midweek round to keep everyone on their toes. They line up like this

Fluminense x Bangu
Resende x Macaé
Boavista x Americano
Tigres do Brasil x Madureira
Volta Redonda x Flamengo
América x Vasco da Gama
Duque de Caxias x Olaria
Botafogo x Friburguense

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