Monday, 13 September 2010

Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Week 21

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

Week 21 in Série A and it was the weekend the league got turned upside down as most of the so called big sides failed against teams in the lower reaches. First to fail were Corinthians who surprisingly went down to a Grêmio side that claimed it's first away win in the league for over a year. One goal was enough to separate the sides and it came just after the half hour from Douglas. Despite having Vilson sent off 12 minutes into the second half, Grêmio hung on to dent Corinthians title charge. Flamengo twice came from behind to claim a point against Vitória with all the goals coming in the last twenty minutes of the game. José Junior put Vitoria ahead but eight minutes later Kléberson levelled for Flamengo. When Schwenck put Vitória ahead nine minutes from time you feared for Flamengo but a second from Kléberson a minute later rescued a point. Fluminense failed to take advantage of Corinthians slip up as they crashed to a late defeat at Atlético-GO. It was all going well when Washington put Fluminense ahead after 22 minutes but the lead lasted only 7 minutes before Willian levelled for Atlético-GO. With Corinthians losing Fluminense would have settled for a point, especially after Gilson was sent off for the home side 17 minutes from time but they were stunned when Juninho grabbed a dramatic winner for Atlético-GO in injury time.

The two draw specialists of the league finished level at the Pacaembu as Vasco da Gama became the second side this term to reach double figures in the draw column. Vasco are still one behind Palmeiras in the draw count but remain unbeaten in thirteen now. Botafogo closed the gap on the Top 2 after bringing a halt to the recent São Paulo revival. Midweek hero Sebastian Abreu put Botafogo ahead half way through through the second half and Edno made the points safe ten minutes from time. The win closes the gap for Botafogo at the top of the table to four points. Atlético-MG left it late as they avenged their 4-0 defeat to Prudente back in week 2. Obina got the winner for Atlético-MG three minutes time, a result which boots Atlético-MG's relegation fight but leaves Prudente wondering where their next win will come from. Cruzeiro are another team right in the title picture now after their 2-1 away win at Avaí. Roger put Cruzeiro ahead from the spot with 24 minutes on the clock but they had Marquinhos Paraná sent off eight minutes after the break. The ten men though doubled their lead through Thiago Ribeiro 18 minutes from time but when Avaí pulled a goal back through Laércio Carrerinha ten minutes from time Cruzeiro hung on to claim all three points.

Atlético-PR's 7 match unbeaten run came to an end at Guarani as the home side consolidated their position in mid table and keep them on the edge of the Libertadores equation. One goal settled the game and it came six minutes from time when Rhodolfo scored into his own goal. The victory allowed Guarani to leapfrog Atlético-PR in the table. No goals at the Beira-Rio as Internacional failed to close the gap on the leaders to leave them 9 points adrift of Fluminense. Goiás though, will see this as a point gained in their fight against the drop. Finally Santos became another side to come unstuck to a lower positioned side as Ceará picked up their first win in six games. Magno Alves put Ceará ahead after half an hour but on loan Keirrison picked up his first goal for Santos since arriving on loan from Barcelona. Ceará through grabbed a winner 21 minutes from time when Magno Alves grabbed his second of the game to leave Santos in a similar hole as Internacional.

Midweek round again, you bet your bottom dollar as they line up for week 22 like this. The gameof the round sees the top two in the table clash at the Maracanã.

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

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