Monday, 1 March 2010

Campeonato Carioca - Taça Rio Week 1

Madureira 1-2 Boavista
Resende 0-3 Bangu
Americano 1-3 Botafogo
Macaé 1-4 Flamengo
Duque de Caxais 1-0 América
Fluminense 5-1 Friburguense
Olaria 1-0 Tigres do Brasil
Vasco da Gama 2-1 Volta Redonda

The second stage of the Campeonate Carioca, Taça Rio, began this weekend in a 8 week competition which sees teams play off against the teams in the opposite group in a single round robin format before the single game semi finals and final in April. It was definitely a day for Group A teams who won 6 out of the 8 games played.

First up were Boavista who were 2-1 winners at Madureira thanks to two second half strikes from Leo Guerreiro. Bangu continued their good form with a comfortable 3-0 at Resende. Sassa put Bangu ahead with three minutes on the clock and Thiago Galhardo doubled the lead on the half hour. Andre Oliveira wrapped things up with the third 10 minutes into the second half. Guanabara champions Botafogo got off to a flying start, one of the two Group B teams to win at the weekend, with a comfortable success against Americano. Marcelo Cordeiro put Fogo ahead after 32 minutes but Botafogo were stunned when Leandro Gomes levelled two minutes later. Caio restored Botafogo's lead half way through the second half and then wrapped things up with a second five minutes from time.

Despite being in Libertadores action in midweek Flamengo has too much power on show for Macaé despite being without Adriano. Vagner Love put Fla ahead from the spot after 28 minutes but the teams went in level at half time thanks to Laio's equaliser six minutes before the break. Vinicius Pacheco restored the advantage thirteen minutes into the second half before a second from Love doubled the lead. Pacheco then wrapped things up with a second and Fla's fourth twenty minutes from time. América got off to a poor start as they were defeated by Duque de Caxais. Juninho with the only goal of the game twenty minutes from time.

Fluminense easily disposed of Friburguense at the Maracanã. Fielding a very strong side Flu quickly took a two goal advantage through Fred, returning from injury, in the 19th minute and Wellington Silva a minute later. Everton made it three twenty minutes into the second half before Dario Conca made it four five minutes later. Wallace grabbed a consolation from the spot six minutes from time but Andre Lima grabbed a fifth for Flu three minutes from time. Olaria also got their campaign off with a victory thanks to a single goal success over Tigres do Brasil. Vasco da Gama bounced back from their Guanabara disappointment to see off Volta Redonda 2-1 in front of just 986 spectators. Philippe Coutinho put Vasco ahead six minutes before half time and then Elton doubled the lead fifteen minutes from time. Adriano pulled a goal back five minutes later for Volta Redonda but it was too little too late.

Midweek action again and they line up like this.

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

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