Monday, 9 August 2010

Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Week 13

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

Botafogo fans waited ages for one win and then two come along in quick succession as they made it back to back wins with victory over Atlético-MG at the Engenhão. Maicosuel put Botafogo ahead no the half hour and Somália doubled the lead ten minutes later. German Herrara sealed the win from the spot half way though the second half to leave Atlético-MG in serious trouble at the bottom of the table. The other Saturday game saw Guarani get back on the horse and end Avaí's recent good run of form. The home side were two up inside ten minutes thanks to Renan and Ricardo Xavier. Robinho halved the defecit for Avaí from the penalty spot with 13 minutes gone but Guarani went into half time with their two goal lead intact with Mazola struck nine minutes before the break. Fabão wrapped things up twenty minutes from time to give Guarani their first win since Week 7. As we mentioned in the preview, the clash between Santos and Internacional was called off to give Inter adequate preparation time for their trip to Mexico for the Libertadores final first leg on Wednesday.

The big game of the round came at the Pacaembu where the Champions travelled to take on Conrinthians. The home side had revenge on their mind after their Libertadores exit to the Rubro-Negro as they looked to keep the pressure up on Fluminense. One goal eventually separated the sides and it went the way of Corinthians five minutes before the break, Elias with the decisive strike. Palmeiras are still without a victory since Scolari but they will be disappointed not to collect all three points at Goiás. Ewerthon put Palmeiras ahead with twelve minutes on the clock and it seemed they were going to collect all three points but Amaral snatched a late equaliser for Goiás as the game went into injuty time. No goals at the Castelão as Atlético-GO made it back to back draws and picked up their first point away from home this season against Ceará. Fluminense stated their title credentials are genuine as they came away from Grêmio with all three points in the bag. It's a second home defeat of the season for Grêmio and they fell behind to a double whammy from Flu. Mariano put Fluminense ahead with 16 minutes on the clock and Emerson doubled the lead two minutes later. Flu were reduced to ten men on the hour when Fernando Silva was sent off, André Lima pulled a goal back two minutes from time but Fluminense held on to stay top of the pile.

After their midweek Libertadores exit in midweek São Paulo dismissed coach Ricardo Gomes and put Milton Cruz in temporary charge for the trip to Atlético-PR. When Cléber Santana put São Paulo ahead half way through the second half he was onto a dream start. Sadly the lead lasted only four minutes before Maikon Leite levelled and despite having Manoel sent off two minutes later Atlético-PR hung on for a draw. After the disappointment of losing out to Santos in the cup final in midweek, the misery continued for Vitória when they fell to defeat to Vasco da Gama. The only goal came half way through the first half from Zé Roberto and despite having Carlos Alberton sent off on the stroke of half time Vasco held on to stay unbeaten since the break. Finally no goals in Belo Horizonte with a stalemate between Cruzeiro and Prudente. The result leaves Cruzeiro in fifth whilst Prudente are comfortably in mid-table.

No midweek games with Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana action taking precedence.

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

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