Monday, 17 May 2010

Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Week 2

Fluminense 1-0 Atlético Goianiense
Prudente 4-0 Atlético Miniero
Vitória 1-1 Flamengo
São Paulo 1-2 Botafogo
Grêmio 1-2 Corinthians
Goiás 2-3 Internacional
Santos 1-1 Ceará
Vasco da Gama 0-0 Palmeiras
Cruzeiro 2-2 Avaí
Atlético Paranaense 2-2 Guarani

Fluminense bounced back from an opening day defeat to begin their home campaign with success over promoted side Atlético-GO. Despite having the much better chances through the game it took a Marquinho winner half way through the second half to seperate the teams. Welton Felipe saw red for Atlético-GO fifteen minutes from time. After their thumping in Florianapólis last week Prudente blew away Atlético-MG with a stunning first half display. Arajuo put Prudente ahead within a minute and Flavinho doubled the lead on the quarter hour. Henrique Dias made it three four minutes before the break and Diego Giaretta wrapped things up right on half time. Flamengo, sporting their new kit, were denied the chance to register their first win of the campaign after being pegged back at Vitória in terrible conditions. After Vágner Love put the Rubro-Negro ahead with only three minutes on the clock the only winner looked to be the pitch at the rain came down constantly causing puddles to form on the surface. Vitória though, battled on and got an equaliser through an Elkeson's free kick, that gave Bruno no chance to save, four minutes from time.

Botafogo's improvement gathers pace after an impressive win at the Morumbi against São Paulo. Léo Lima put the hosts ahead with only eight minutes on the clock but Antônio Carlos levelled twenty minutes later. It looked like it would be a point each but Renato Cajá grabbed a winner for O Fogão with five minutes to go. Fortress Grêmio was breached for the first time in Série A since September 2008 as Corinthians remained the only team with a 100% record in the division. Ralf put Corinthians ahead with only five minutes on the clock and when Souza doubled the lead in 64 minutes the long unbeaten run was in grave doubt. Maylson halved the defecit with 15 mintues to go but Corinthians held on the register a vital win. Inter registered their first win after coming from two goals down at Goiás. Éverton Santos pupt Goiás ahead on the half hour and Amaral doubled the lead ten minutes later. A brace from Walter levelled matter and Giuliano won it for Inter 8 minutes from time.

Ceará took the plaudits as they left the Vila Belmiro with a point against Santos. Ceará stunned the home fans when Washington put them ahead with only seven minutes on the clock. It stung the home side into action and the levelled when Neymar converted from the spot seven minutes before the break. We highlighed the importance of the game for both teams at the São Januário in the preview and we're still none the wiser now after Vasco and Palmeiras played out the first goalless draw of the season. Avaí blew their chance to stay top of the table after letting at 2 goal lead slip at Cruzeiro. It all went well in the first half as Pará and Roberto put Avaí two up at the break, these goals coming after Cruzeiro's Leonardo Silva had been sent off. Wellington Paulista halved the defecit seven minutes after the break, Zé Carlos of Avaí then saw red and a second from Wellington Paulista from the spot ensured parity. Guarani continued their good start to the season after picking a point up at Atlético-PR. Roger put Guarani ahead after 34 minutes but a lack of concentration before the break allowed Netinho to level. Roger's second restored Guarani's lead six minutes after the break but the lead lasted a mere three minute before Alex Miniero levelled for Atlético-PR.

A clear midweek from league action but eight sides are involved in Libertadores and Copa do Brasil action. They line up for week 3 like this;

Botafogo x Goiás
Atlético-GO x Santos
Palmeiras x Grêmio
Corinthians x Fluminense
Atlético-MG x Atlético-PR
Internacional x São Paulo
Ceará x Vitória
Avaí x Vasco da Gama
Flamengo x Prudente
Guarani x Cruzeiro

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