Vitória 2-0 Vasco da Gama
Atlético Mineiro 3-2 Santos
Palmeiras 1-0 Atlético Goianiense
Fluminense 2-3 Grêmio
The field has been whittled down from the 64 teams that started out in the competition in early February as the 8 remaining clubs chase a place in next years Copa Santander Libertadores.
Vasco da Gama, beaten semi finalists last year, will have a mountain to climb after their 2-0 defeat at Vitória. Renato put Vitória ahead six minutes before half time and Neto Berola doubled the lead six minutes from the end. Last seasons joint top scorer in Série A, Diego Tardelli, is a man in form ahead fo the Campeonato starting after his hat trick put Atlético-MG in charge against Santos. After Tardelli had put Atlético two up the boy wonder Robinho pullede one back a minute before half time. Tardelli completed his hat trick and restored the two goal lead two minutes after the break but Santos are still in the tie after Edu Dracena struck eight minutes from time.
Now as regular readers of the blog know, Palmeiras have been going through the mill at the moment. But they are still in with a shout of the Copa Brasil and they will take a lead into their second leg encounter against Atlético-GO. The Série A new boys made life difficult for O Verdão but an injury time penalty from Cleiton Xavier gave Palmeiras a slender advantage. Fluminense, under new manager Muricy Ramalho, went down to defeat to Grêmio in the Maracanã. André Lima put Flu ahead with 12 minutes on the clock but Douglas levelled eight minutes later and Jonas put the visitors ahead on the half hour. A second for Douglas doubled the Grêmio lead with 18 minutes to go but Ezequiel González pulled a goal back for Fluminense to give them hope for the second leg and avoid succesive elimination at this stage.
The return legs take place next week.