Monday, 16 August 2010

Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Week 14

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

Botafogo climbed into the top four after a third successive victory, this time at rock bottom Atlético-GO. Two goals were enough for "O Fogão", the first came seven minutes after the break from Somália and Jóbson wrapped things up seven minutes from time. Luiz Felipe Scolari finally got his first victory in charge of the "Big Green" after their 2-0 victory pushed Atlético-PR back into the relegation places in the table. Danilo gave Palmeiras the perfect start when he put them ahead with just three minutes on the clock. Palmeiras suffered a blow three minutes after the break when Tadeu was sent off for a second yellow card but Ewerthon sealed things with a second 15 minutes from time. Flamengo got back on track in the defence of their title when they picked up their first victory in five with success over Ceará. One goal separated the teams and it came from the penalty spot courtesy of veteran Dejan Petkovic just before the break. The final game on Saturday night saw Atlético-MG build on their midweek Sudamericana success with a 3-1 victory over Guarani. A Diego Tardelli double put Atlético-MG ahead after strikes six minutes apart just beyond the hour. Things got better for Atlético-MG when Guarani had Fabão sent off eighteen minutes from time and they made the game safe when Obina added a third three minutes later. Guarani got a consolation goal in injury time from Mazola.

São Paulo needed a late strike to snatch a point against Cruzeiro at the Morumbi. The home side took the lead four minutes before the break when Casimiro got his first goal in Série A. Cruzeiro levelled half way through the second half through Wellington Paulista and went ahead seven minutes from time after Thiago Ribeiro struck. São Paulo dug deep and snatched a point a minute from time when Ricardo Oliveira levelled matters. Vasco da Gama remain unbeaten since the break after a fine 2-1 success at the Prudente. On-loan strike Éder Luís put Vasco ahead with five minutes on the clock but the home side levelled thirteen minutes after the break through João Vitor. Vasco though, claimed all three points 11 minutes from time when Nilton got a winner. Fluminense extended their lead at the top of the table after defeating a vastly understrength Internacional at the Maracanã. Inter obviously have other things on their mind and Fluminense weren't going to say no to collecting a gift three points. Fabiano Eller's own goal after 20 minutes put the Tricolor ahead and two minutes later Washington doubled the advantage. Emerson made things safe with a third on the hour and Inter finished with ten men after Rafael Sobis saw red three minutes from time.

Avaí are another team in form and they dented Corinthians title hopes with a 3-2 victory at the Recessada. Davi put Avaí ahead with ten minutes on the clock but the teams went into the break level after Bruno César levelled five minutes before the break. Chicão's unfortunate own goal restored Avaí's lead a minute after the break and Corinthians were deep in trouble after Rafael Souza doubled the advantage six minutes later. Corinthians had nothing to lose and went for it, they pulled a goal back fifteen minutes time with a second for current Série A leading scorer Bruno César but they couldn't find the leveller despite Rafael Souza'a late dismissal. Vitória gained some revenge for their Copa do Brasil final defeat with a 4-2 victory over 9 man Santos. Henrique put Vitória head with twenty minutes on the clock and Wallace doubled the lead five minutes later. Marcel halved the deficit on the half hour for Santos but a second from Henrique restored Vitória's two goal advantage at the break. Zé Eduardo reduced the deficit again half way through the second half but Santos then lost Edu Dracena to a second yellow card before Schwenck's sixth of the season from the spot again restored the two goal advantage. Marquinhos was then the second Santos player to see red five minutes from time. Struggling Grêmio gained revenge for their midweek defeat to Goiás in the Copa Sudamericana after a 2-0 victory at the Olímpico. Willian Magrão put Grêmio ahead with 32 minutes on the clock and his second on 63 minutes gave Grêmio some breathing space. The result lifts Grêmio out of the bottom 4 and leaves Goiás next to bottom of the table.

No midweek games in the league but Internacional have their second leg Libertadores final and there is also some Copa Sudamericana action for some clubs as well. Week 15 takes place next weekend and includes the "Clássico dos Gigantes" and the "Majestoso".

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

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