Friday, 27 August 2010

Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Week 16

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

Leaders Fluminense were first up on Wednesday night and they extended their lead at the top of the table to five points after a hard earned victory at strugglers Goiás. It took the Tricolor 65 minutes to break the deadlock through Washington and Emerson doubled the lead eight minutes later. Marquinho wrapped things up in injury time as Goiás remain rooted in the relegation zone. Internacaional played more of their Libertadores winning team at the Ressacada and came away with a fantastic victory over in form Avaí. One goal seperated the teams and it came with ten minutes on the clock from Índio. Inter, who moved up to fifth with the win, finished with ten men after Wilson Matias received a second yellow card half way through the second half. Botafogo are up to third after their fifth consecutive win, this time at the Engenhão against a fading Ceará side who after their bright start are now slipping down the table. Again one goal was enough and it came five minutes after the break from Jóbson.

The late games on Wednesday saw Atlético-PR make it back to back wins after success at the Prudentão. We mentioned in the preview the needed to build on the success over Flamengo and they duly did with a rasper from Branquinho just short of the hour. The defeat leaves Prudente on the edge of the relegation zone. No goals at the Morumbi as Vasco da Gama still remain unbeaten after the world cup break as they picked up a point against a São Paulo side that jut can't buy a victory at the moment. Corinthians fell to their third defeat of the season when they went down to Cruzeiro at the Mineirão. Again only a single goal in the game and it came with on the three minutes on the clock from Walter Montillo. The vicotry keeps Cruzeiro in contention for a Libertadores spot but leaves clear daylight between Corinthians and Fluminense. The Olímpico Monumental is fast losing it's Fortress reputation as Grêmio fell to yet another defeat at home, this time to Santos. It all started well for Grêmio when Borges put them ahead with only six minutes on the clock. Santos eventually levelled halfway through the second half when Neymar converted from the spot and it looked like it was going to be a point each until Rodriguinho grabbed a winner deep into injury time despite having Alex Sandro sent off nine minutes from time.

The Thursday games saw a stalemate at the Maracanã as Atlético-MG managed to keep a clean sheet in the league for the second time this season against Flamengo. The point sees Atlético-MG remain in the relegation zone and leaves Flamengo a long long way from retaining their title. Stalemate also at Vitória as Guarani picked up a point in a game that ended 10 a-side. José Junior put Vitória ahead with just 12 minutes on the clock but after Reniê was sent off for Vitória Rômulo levelled from the spot for Guarani, who had Fabão sent off in injury time. The biggest shock of the week came at the Pacaembu as Atlético-GO picked up their third win of the season to lift them off the bottom of the table. Elias was the hero as his hat-trick stunned the Palmeiras faithful, the first came from the spot after 26 minutes and the second ten minutes later. The hat-trick was completed seven minutes from time to wrap up a marvellous night for Atlético-GO

Back into the swing of things again this weekend and they line up like this with the game of the weekend at the Beira-Rio as Internacional entertains Botafogo in a top four clash.

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

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