Monday, 30 August 2010

Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Week 17

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

Internacional opened the weekend by ending Botafogo's five game winning streak to take them into the top four. The Libertadores win is now definitely forgotten as Inter begin a title charge. One goal seperated the side and came with 24 minutes on the clocks from Leandro Damião. Botafogo finished with then men after Caio saw red in injury time. Vasco da Gama still remain unbeaten since the break as they picked up a point at home to Cruzeiro. Both goals came withing a minute of each other, first Zé Roberto put Vasco ahead a minute before the break with a screamer before an own goal from Fernando less that sixty seconds later gave both sides a point. Prudente managed to pick up a valuable point away from home in their relegation battle at inconsistent Ceará. The home side took the lead with 11 minutes on the clock through Washington but Prudente went into half time ahead after a doubled strike from Wesley in the last ten minutes in the half. Prudente were five minutes away from a valuable victory but Careca snatched an equaliser for Ceará. The final game on Saturday saw Santos make it three wins in a row as they climbed to third. They left it late though to get victory, Zé Eduardo put Santos ahead fifteen minutes from time and Alan Patrick sealed things six minutes later to leave Goiás, who sacked coach Emerson Leão in the week, rooted to the foot of the table.

Sunday saw Corinthians kept up the heat on Fluminense at the top of the table after a 2-1 victory of Vitória. Iarley set Corinthians on their way in the tenth minute and Paulinho doubled the lead on the stoke of half time. Vitória didn't give up and pulled a goal back through Kléber Pereira with eight minutes to go but they couldn't find the equaliser. After giving Rogério Lourenço the boot in midweek managerless Flamengo went down to a sixth defeat of the season at Guarani. It was all going well for Flamengo when Jean put them ahead just before half time and it looked like they were going to get all three points until Aílson levelled as the game went into injury time. Instead of a point, they left with nothing after Reinalso stunned the Champions with a second two minutes into injury time to more or less kill off any hopes Flamengo had of retaining their title. Palmeiras got a second win under the belt for Felipão as they came from behind to take all three points against Atlético-MG. Neto Berola put Atlético-MG, now embroiled in a desperate relegation battle, ahead seven minutes after the break but Marcos Assunção levelled matters with 66 minutes on the clock. Palmeiras won the game fifteen minutes from time when Kléber struck to leave Atlético-MG wondering which level they will be playing in next season.

São Paulo are another team that needs to get their season back on track and they picked up a point at the Maracanã to reduce the lead of Fluminense at the top of the table. It all started well for the Tricolor as Deco picked up his first goal since his move from Chelsea to put them ahead with nine minutes on the clock. Two goals in as many minute turned the game on it's head as São Paulo took the lead, firstly a free kick from Rogério Ceni levelled matters and Fernandão put São Paulo ahead. Fluminense though got back into the game on the hour thanks to Leandro Euzébio and their gap at the top of the table was down to three points. Avaí picked up a point at Atlético-GO after back to back wins. Vandinho put Avaí ahead half way through the first half but they went into half time trailing after an Elias double, giving him five in his last two, put Atlético-GO ahead. But Avaí got themselves back in the game twenty minutes from time when a second from Vandinho levelled things. Finally two teams at the wrong end of the table met as the travel sick Grêmio came from behind to pick up a point at the Arena de Baixada against Atlético-PR. Maikon Leite put Atlético-PR ahead nine minutes before the break but on the hour Grêmio levelled matters when Vilson struck.

All hands to the pump at the moment and another midweek round ahead of us with only nine games, as the Vasco da Gama x Corinthians match has been held over until October

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

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