Friday, 26 March 2010

Campeonato Carioca - Taça Rio Week 6

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

América briefly went top of Group B after coming from behing to claim a 1-1 draw at Bangu. The home side went ahead after 26 minutes through Sassa but leading scorer Adriano was on target to rescue a point for América six minutes after the break. Friburguense picked up their first win of the Taça Rio after a single goal success at Boavista. The only goal of the game came after 13 minutes from Hercules.

Resende also picked up their first win of the Taça Rio after a 1-0 success over Duque de Caxias. The only goal of the game came as early as the 8th minute when Fabiano converted from the penalty spot. Olaria were unable to back up from their fantastic victory over Vasco da Gama when they went down to defeat at Macaé. Fernandão put Macaé ahead in the 17th minute and they took that lead into the break. Rafael levelled for Olaria on the hour but Gedeil restored Macaé's advantage and a second from Fernandão in injury time wrapped things up.

Flamengo all but secured their qualification for the semi finals after victory over Tigres do Brasil. They were given a rude awakening though when Gilcimar put Tigres ahead o nthe half hour. Adriano levelled seven minutes later and Vagner Love put Flamengo ahead after 52 minutes. A second from Adriano 14 minutes from time wrapped things up. Fluminense are also all but secure in the play offs after they blew Madureira away with a blistering first half performance. Fluminense were two up inside the opening quarter of an hour through Mariano and Andre Lima. Dario Conca's goal four minutes before half time finished the game as a contest but Bruno grabbed a consolation for Madureira on the hour.

The wheels have well and truly fallen fallen off the Vasco waggon after a third consecutive defeat, this time at home to Americano. Leandro Gomes put Americano ahead in the 18th minutes but the lead lasted less than a minute as Elton levelled for Vasco. A second for Gomes restored the Americano lead on the half hour but they were pegged back again four minutes before half time by Leo Gago. The decisive goal came seven minutes into the second half when Nilton put the ball into his own net. Americano then battened down the hatches and there was no way through for a third Vasco equaliser. It was a result too far for the Vasco fans who tried to storm the São Januário dressing rooms after the game and that in turn was too much for the Vasco board who dismissed coach Vagner Mancini shortly afterwards. Botafogo went back to the top of Group B after winning the last game of the round 1-0 against Volta Redonda. They were made to work hard for their victory and only won the game with a 90th minute strike from Caio. It leaves O Fogão one victory away from the play offs.

Two rounds left before the semi finals, Group A is more or less wrapped up but their is plenty to play for in Group B. They line up like this

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

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