Friday, 3 September 2010

Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Week 18

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

No goals at the Estádio Barradão as cup finalists Vitória held Libertadores winner Internacional, it was a game of few chances as even our regular highlights provider has nothing available for this one. The point means Inter have gone 4 games without defeat and stay on the edge of the title race while Vitória edge away from relegation trouble. Grêmio hauled themselves out of the relegation zone as they recorded their first win in four with success against Guarani. One goal separated the sides and it came with 24 minutes on the clock from Jonas, his sixth of the season. The win gives Grêmio a two point cushion. Botafogo got back on the horse after their defeat at the weekend with success against Prudente at the Prudentão. Again one goal was enough to win the game and it came twenty mintues from time from Maicosuel. The defeat pushed Prudente into the relegation zone and keeps Botafogo on the edge of a potential title push.

The big clash was the bottom of the table clash at the Serra Dourada where Goiás and Atlético-MG, both in the bottom four met. It was the home side who got off to the perfect start when Bernardo put them ahead from the spot with only six minutes on the clock but Atlético-MG were level at the break when Obina levelled, also from the spot. The visitors took control in the second half, Diego Souza put Atlético-MG ahead 17 minutes from time and a second penalty from Obina ten minutes from time made the game safe. Managerless Flamengo's season is fast becoming one to forget as they crashed to defeat the Mineirão against Cruzeiro. It's back to back defeats now for the Rubro-Negro as they fell to a Robert goal with nine minutes on the clock. Flamengo finished with ten men after Jean was sent off and the victory for Cruzeiro keeps them in the hunt for a Libertadores spot. Atlético-PR made it four games without defeat as the climbed into the top half of the table with victory over a Ceará team that is steadily dropping down the table. Branquinho put Atlético-PR ahead on the hour and Chico doubled the lead ten minutes later. Ceará made the game interesting when Magno Alves pulled a goal back with two minutes to go but they couldn't rescue a point.

Fluminense missed the opportunity to go six points clear at the top of the table when they were held by a late late show at the Maracanã by Palmeiras. It was all going well for the Tricolor when Emerson put them ahead after fourteen minutes. It looked like Fluminense were going to pick up their 12th win of the season but Leandro Euzébio saw red and then Ewerthon's last gasp equaliser snatched a point for the Big Green. Santos remain third after victory over Avaí as they gained some revenge for their Sudamericana exit. Santos were ahead in less than a minute when Neymar found the target but they had to wait until 7 minutes from time before Marcel made it two. Avaí pulled a goal back three minures from time through Váiber but they couldn't snatch a point. We back São Paulo in the preview to get their season back on track against Atlético-GO and after a winless August in the league they started September with a 2-1 win. Xandão put São Paulo ahead half way through the first half but Atlético-GO levelled five minutes after the break. Dagoberto got the winner for São Paulo with 68 minutes on the clock to give them that desperately needed victory.

Half way through the season now as we reach week 19 and they line up like this

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

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