Friday, 4 June 2010

Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Week 6

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

Atlético-PR opened the week by defeating nine-man Botafogo 3-2 after going two goals down after German Herrara and Lúcio Flávio put Botafogo in control in the opening 25 minutes. Paulo Baier halved the defecit before the break and then put Atlético-PR level two minutes after the break. Leandro Fahel was then sent off for Botafogo and Alex Miniero put Atlético-PR ahead for the first time. Botafogo were then reduced to nine when Oliveira Wellington but Atlético-PR finished with 10 men after a second red card of the season for Wagner Diniz. Fluminense made the three wins on the spin after a 2-1 win over Vitória. Fred put Flu ahead after twenty minutes but when Jonas levelled six minutes from time it looked like Vitória were going to steal a point. With three minutes left though, Alan popped up to grab the winner and keep Fluminense in the top four. Atlético-GO are being left adrift at the bottom of the table after their defeat at Prudente. One goal seperated the sides and that came from Tadeu after 33 minutes.

Ceará temporarily went top of the table after their fourth home win of the season, this time Avaí were their victims. Miseal put Ceará ahead with 15 minutes to go and Lopes wrapped things up with a second in injury time as the promoted side continued their good start to the season. In the big of of the night at the Pacaembu Palmeiras fell to their second defeat of the season as the Champions Flamengo stole all three points. The winner came from Vágner Love, three minutes from time, against the club where he spent the best part of last season on loan. Goiás are suddenly settled in mid-table after back to back wins. This time a come from behind success against São Paulo. Marcelinho had given the São Paulo the lead with 14 minutes on the clock but Bernado's 38th-minute penalty levelled matters. The game was heading for a draw butJonilson secured the win for Goiás with just three minutes left. No goals at the Mineirão as Santos failed to score in a game for the first time since last October (a 1-0 defeat to Flamengo) as Cruzeiro managed to nulify the most potent attacking force in Brazil at the moment. The visitors though, did finish with 10 men after substitute Marcel was sent off twenty minutes from time, only five minutes after entering the play.

In the final three games on Thursday night there was a positive result in each game. Fortress Grêmio seems to have returned after they made it consecutive home wins with Atlético-MG being the victims this time. Hugo put Grêmio ahead seven minutes before the break but Ricardinho's fourth goal of the season levelled matters a minute before half time. A second from Hugo on the hour won it for Grêmio but Atlético-MG finished with 10 men after the dismissal of João Pedro six minutes from time. You can only worry for Vasco da Gama now after Guarani picked up their first away win of the season at the São Januário in a battle of the promoted sides. The winner came very late, three minutes into injury time and it was Roger's fifth goal of the season that seperated the sides and gave Guarani a vital win. Finally, after a break of 24 hours, Corinthians went back to the top of the table after a 2-0 win over managerless Internacional. Veteran Roberto Carlos put Corinthians ahead seven minutes before the break and Iarley wrapped things up eight minutes into the second half.

This weekend sees the final round before the FIFA World Cup™ break. They line up like this

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

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