Monday, 22 March 2010

Campeonato Carioca - Taça Rio Week 5

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

Bangu made it back to back wins after victory at Friburguense. Three quick goals around half time won it for Bangu, Sassa got the opener and Raphael doubled the lead moments later. Sassa got a second to make it 3-0 two minutes into the second half but Bangu were left to hang on after Hercules reduced the defecit and a late injury time goal had Bangu jittery. Olaria's victory over Vasco da Gama is quite simply the biggest shock of the season so far. It's the first time one of Rio's big 4 has lost to a team outside of the Four all season. The only goal of the game came after 12 minutes from Caca and as much as Vasco tried they couldn't break down the resolute Olaria defence.

Americano picked up their second win of the year after a 2-1 success over Macaé. William put Americano ahead in the 17th minute, a lead they held until the 90th minute of the match when Ricardo grabbed an equaliser for Macaé. But Americano went straight downfield and snatched a dramatic winner from Evandro two minutes into injury time. Fluminense remain in the hunt for the end of season play-offs after a hard earned 2-1 victory over Resende. Andre Lima was the Fluminense hero, grabbing both goals in the first half. Tiago pulled a goal back for Resende half way through the second half but Flu were able to hold on.

Madureira picked up their first win of the Taça Rio after a single goal halted the two game winning streak of Duque de Caxais. The only goal of the game came 14 minutes into the first half from Fabio. Tigres do Brasil made it back to back wins after a 2-0 success over Volta Redonda. Cleytinho put Tigres ahead after 26 minutes and Gilcimar doubled the lead ten minutes into the second half. Celico wrapped up the points with a third just after the hour.

América took advantage of Vasco's slip up to move into the play off spots after their 3-2 win over Boavista. Ruy put Boavista ahead on the half hour but América were level two minutes later through Adriano. A second from Adriano then put América ahead four minutes into the second half but Boavista levelled a minute later through Leo Guerreiro. The América winner came eight minutes from time, Daniel Morais with the goal. The big game of the weekend saw Botafogo and Flamengo clash at the Engenhão. German Herrera put Botafogo ahead from the spot on 16 minutes but they were pegged back four minutes later by back in favour Adriano. Herrera's second nine minutes into the second half restored Botafogo's lead and it looked like Fogo would repeat their Guanabara semi final success but Adriano grabbed an equaliser three minutes into stoppage time to preserve Fla's unbeaten record.

Three games left in the league stage of the Taça Rio and they are back in action with a midweek round.

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

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