Monday, 2 August 2010

Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Week 12

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

On Saturday night Fluminense went back top of the table after the returning Washington was the star man in their victory over Atlético-PR. He put the Tricolor ahead half way through the first half and when Emerson doubled the lead nine minutes after the break the points were in the bag. A second from Washington sealed things 21 minutes from time but substitute Bruno Mineiro got a consolation for Atlético-PR five minutes from time. Honours even at the Serra Dourada as Atlético-GO picked up their eighth point of the season against Guarani. Rodrigo Tiuí put Atlético-GO ahead with only four minutes on the clock but the lead lasted on 13 minutes before Mazola levelled for the visitors to gain them a point but leave them without a victory since the break. The final game on Saturday night saw São Paulo pick up their first win since the break and give them a timely confidence boost ahead of their Libertadores return in midweek. Two goals in a many minutes around the midway point of the second half put São Paulo in control, Fernandão opened the scoring and Ricardo Oliveira doubled the lead. Erick Flores pulled one back for Ceará five minutes from time but they fell to their second defeat of the season.

The early Sunday games opened up with the Paulista Derby at the Pacaembu. Corinthians took a controversial lead with 21 minutes on the clock when Jorge Henrique's cheeky back heel found the back of the net despite him appearing to be offside. The lead lasted only 12 minutes before Edinho levelled for the Big Green but this result leaves Big Phil still looking for his first victory as coach. With Vitória have an eye on midweek this was Botafogo's golden opportunity to break their 8 game winless run and they duly took the chance. All the goals game in the last 10 minutes with a crazy period that saw three goals. Edno put Fogo ahead but a minute later José Junior levelled for Vitória. A further minute later Jóbson put Botafogo ahead and his second as the game entered injury time wrapped things up. Avaí are still unbeated since the break and they put a struggling Goiás side to the sword at the Ressacada. Two goals in a minute put them in the driving seat, Emerson got the scoreboard moving and Davi doubled the lead almost immediately. Davi's second three minutes before the break put the result beyond doubt but Goiás gave their hosts a scare when Bernardo pulled one back half way through the second half. Robinho wrapped things up for Avaí with the fourth thirteen minutes from time. At the Biera-Rio there was a lot to report as the 382nd Gre-Nal finished scoreless. Grêmio as we know are poor away from the Olímpico but with Inter off to the Morumbi to defend a one goal lead in the Libertadores in midweek this was as good a chance as any for them.

In the Belo Horizonte Derby, Cruzeiro pushed deadly rivals towards the Série A trapdoor after a 1-0 victory in the Minerão. The crucial goal came from Wellington Paulista with 32 minutes on the clock. Cruzeiro had to hold on for the last seven minutes with ten men after Gil saw red. Santos banished any thoughts that their minds were on the Copa do Brasil return on Wednesday night with their first win since the break and a more then welcome 2-1 win at Prudente. Danilo set Santos on their way with the opener after six minutes and when Rodriguinho doubled the lead an hour later the points were in the bag. It was though, a nervy last eight minutes for Santos after Róbson pulled a goal back for Prudente. The 337th "Clássico dos Milhões" finished goalless at the Maracanã. Despite poor advance ticket sales and respectable audience turned up to witness the game in the stadium and it was Flamengo who were ruing missed opportunities. Fernando Prass took the honours as Vasco's man of the match after a string of outstanding saves. Val Baiano was ineffective on debut for the Rubro-Negro whilst Vasco gave some game time to new loan signing Éder Luís.

No midweek games with the Libertadores, Copa Sudamericana and Copa do Brasil taking centre stage, we're back next weekend with two games on Saturday and the rest on Sunday

Botafogo x Atlético Mineiro
Guarani x Avaí
Corinthians x Flamengo
Santos x Internacional
Goiás x Palmeiras
Ceará x Atlético Goianiense
Atlético Paranaense x São Paulo
Grêmio x Fluminense
Vasco da Gama x Vitória
Cruzeiro x Grêmio Prudente

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