Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Campeonato Carioca - Taça Rio Week 7

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

Bangu picked up their fourth win of the Taça Rio after a come from behind success over Tigres do Brasil. Gilcimar put Tigres ahead 34 minutes but the lead lasted only four minutes as Tiano levelled for Bangu. The Bangu winner came half way through the second half from Somalia. Since their win over Vasco, it's been all downhill for Olaria who fell to a second successive defeat, this time at the hands of Resende. Fabiano put Resende ahead from the spot after twenty minutes and Hiroshi doubled the lead thirteen minutes later to wrap up the points.

No goals between Madureira and Americano, a result that leaves Madureira bottom of group B but allowed Americano to jump off the bottom of Group A. Flamengo again had to do it the hard way by coming from a goal behind, this time at home to América. Jones put América into a shock fourth minute lead and they hung onto it for twenty minutes before Adriano levelled with his sixth goal of the competition. América were looking good for a point but Vagner Love, also with his sixth of the competition, won it for Flamengo 8 minutes from time to ensure their place in the play offs.

Volta Redonda remain bottom of group A after a 1-1 draw at home to Friburguense. The visitors took the lead right on the stroke of half time through Hercules but an equaliser from Andre Alves thirteen minutes into the second half rescused a point. Macaé and Duque de Caxias also shared the spoils but there was late drama at this one. Andre Gomes put Macaé ahead after 16 minutes but Maurinho levelled five minutes before half time. Marlon put Duque de Caxias ahead 4 minutes into the second half and as it looked like Duque de Caxias were going to claim victory Raphael Aguiar levelled for Macaé as they game went into injuty time.

Vasco responded from their midweek humiliation to record a 3-0 win over Fluminense to hand them their first defeat of the Taça Rio. Thiago Martinelli put Vasco ahead just short of the hour and the evergreen Dodô doubled the lead seven minutes from time. Fagnar put the icing on the cake for Vasco in injury time. Botafogo wrapped up the leadership in Group B after a 4-1 win at Boavista. Loco Abreu was the main man for O Fogão, he opened the scoring in the eight minute. Marcelo Cordeiro doubled the advantage after 53 minutes and Abreu wrapped up another hat-trick with further goals in the 79th and 88th minute. Tony grabbed a consolation for Boavista as the game entered injury time. This means Botafogo are likely to meet Fluminense in the semi finals with the final qualifying place in Group B coming down to a final day battle between Vasco and América.

The last round of the Taça Rio takes place at the weekend and they line up like this

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

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