Monday, 6 September 2010

Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Week 19

Botafogo 2-2 Grêmio
Ceará 0-2 Vasco da Gama
Corinthians 5-1 Goiás
Avaí 0-1 Atlético Paranaense
Palmeiras 2-3 Cruzeiro
Guarani 2-1 Fluminense
Flamengo 0-0 Santos
Atlético Mineiro 2-3 São Paulo
Atlético Goianiense 4-1 Vitória
Internacional 2-0 Prudente

Botafogo have started to stumble as of late, their 5 game winning streak snapped by Internacional and despite victory in midweek throwing a two goal lead at home away against the travel sick Grêmio wasn't part or the script. Botafogo were two up inside twenty minutes, Antônio Carlos with the first on the quarter hour and German Herrera's sixth of the season doubled the lead. Grêmio though, fought back in the second half and a seventh of the season for Jonas halved the deficit and his eighth of the season five minutes from time stunned the Engenhão and gave Grêmio a valuable point away from home. Ceará's slide down the table continued as they were defeated 2-0 at home by an upwardly mobile Vasco da Gama, who still remain unbeaten since the World Cup break. Zé Roberto put Vasco ahead with seven minutes on the clock and Fellips Bastos made the game safe ten minutes from time give Vasco the win after three straight draws. In the final Saturday game, Corinthians heaped the pressure on Fluminense at the top of the table after a come from behind victory over bottom of the table Goiás. Going behind to a seventh minute Júnior goal wasn't in the script for Corinthians but they went in level at the break through Bruno César's 9th goal of the season after Amaral of Goiás had been sent off. The second half was all Corinthians, Iarley put them ahead ten minutes into the second half and Jorge Henrique doubled the lead five minutes later. Iarley then got a second from the spot before Boquita wrapped up what turned out to be a comfortable evenings work seven minutes from time.

Atlético-PR made it 13 out of a possible 15 points after a late late show gave them victory over Avaí. The game was heading for a goalless draw when Maikon Leite struck four minutes into injury time, this coming after Atlético-PR were reduced to 10 after Leandro was sent off six minutes from time. Palmeiras will be kicking themselves after letting a two goal lead slip at home to Cruzeiro. It was all going so well at half time for the Big Green after Kléber put them ahead after 35 minutes and Maurício Ramos doubled the advantage three minutes later. Roger reduced the deficit on the hour and Walter Montillo levelled things four minutes later. The game was heading for a draw but 5 minutes from time Cruzeiro won it when Ernesto Farias struck to stun the home fans. Fluminense crashed to their first defeat since Week 3 when they crashed at Guarani. It was all going well for the league leaders when Emerson put them ahead with 12 minutes on the clock but the teams went into the break level when Baiano levelled ten minutes before the break. Guarani then stunned Fluminense when Fabão gave them the lead 15 minutes before time and the Tricolor had no response and saw their lead at the top of the table cut to a point. Flamengo managed to stop a two game losing streak when they drew 0-0 with Santos at the Maracanã. An uninspiring game of few chances, the result saw the end of a three game winning run for Santos.

São Paulo continued to get their season back into some shape as they went four unbeaten with a come from behind success at Atlético-MG. São Paulo took the lead with ten minutes on the clock through Casimiro but they went into the break behind after Obina twice converted from the spot. Marcelinho levelled matters for São Paulo ten minutes after the break and Fernandão got the winner five minutes later. Atlético-GO gained some revenge for their Copa do Brasil semi final exit at the hands of Vitória as they registered a 4-1 victory. Elias put Atlético-GO ahead just before the break and Juninho doubled the lead 11 minutes after the break. Elkeson pulled a goal back for Vitória with 18 minutes to go but a ninth of the season from the spot for Elias, to put him top of the goal scoring charts, and a second for Juninho three minutes from time gave Atlético-GO their fourth win of the season. Finally Internacional kept themselves in the title hunt with a 2-0 success over a Prudente side which is really in the relegation mix now. Both goals came in the second half, Rafael Sobis out Inter ahead six minutes after the break and Leandro Damião wrapped up the points sixteen minutes from time.

So, we've reached the half way point of the 2010 Série A season and there's not too long to wait for the second half to start as we've yet another midweek round to keep the players, coaches and fans (and me) busy. They line up like this

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

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