Friday, 24 September 2010

Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Week 24

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

São Paulo made it back to back wins after success at home to fellow Paulista outfit Guarani. Marlos put São Paulo ahead with fourteen minutes on the clock but the Morumbi crowd were stunned when Baiano levelled from the spot just before the break. São Paulo pressed on in the second half and won the game courtesy of a Ricardo Oliveira goal just after the hour. Palmeiras got win seven of the season when a single goal was enough to see off bottom of the table Prudente. The goal came on the hour from Marcio Araujo and that result now leaves Prudente nine points away from safety. After a draw at the Engenhão at the weekend Cruzeiro got back to winning ways by scraping past Ceará at the Mineirão. They left it late though, the opening goal coming only eight minutes from time courtesy of a Walter Montillo penalty and Ernesto Farias wrapped things up in injury time to leave Cruzeiro in the three way title challenge.

In the big derby in Goiânia, the honours went the way of Atlético-GO as they triumphed 3-1 over Goiás. Elias put Atléico-GO ahead with just six minutes on the clock but Amaral levelled for Goiás twenty minutes later. Gilson put Atlético-GO ahead four minutes after the break and Juninho made the game safe six minutes from time to enable Atlético-GO to leapfrog Goiás in the table. The Clássico Alvinegro at the São Januário finished honours even as a Botafogo fight back enabled them to claim a point. Ramon put Vasco ahead with fourteen minutes on the clock and Éder Luís doubled the lead eight minutes before the break. German Herrera pulled one back for Botafogo nine minutes after the break but he was then sent off shortly afterwards. It looked like Vasco were going to claim the points until Botafogo were awarded a penalty as the game went into injury time and it was coolly dispatched by Sebastian Abreu to give the big Uruguayan a five game scoring streak. Flamengo were another team to leave it late as they claimed a point at Grêmio. Douglas put Grêmio ahead with just six minutes on the clock and you had to fear for the Rubro-Negro but Kléberson levelled just after the half hour. A twelfth goal of the season for Jonas put Grêmio back ahead but with three minutes to go the veteran Dejan Petkovic levelled to give Fla a point.

Atlético-PR remain in the chase for a Libertadores spot as they claimed victory over the current holders at the Arena de Baixada. In a game that finished 10 a-side the only goal came just before half time from Paulo Baier. The red cards came in the last minutes of the match, Atlético-PR's Ivan Gonzalez and Daniel Henrique of Inter both seeing red after squaring up to each other. Fluminense got back to winning ways in some style by dispatching a disappointing Atlético-MG 5-1 at the Engenhão. Leandro Euzébio put Flu ahead with eleven minutes on the clock but Danial Carvalho levelled eight minutes later. Carlinhos restored the Flu lead ten minutes before the break and after Atlétcio-MG had Ale sent off just after the hour Gum made it three. A second for Carlinhos 15 minutes from time made it four and to cap a miserable night for Atlético-MG, Diego Souza became their second player to see red. Marquinho then finished things off for Fluminense in injury time. Avaí's problems continue as they were easily brushed aside by Vitoria. José Junior had Vitória ahead inside three minutes but Avaí dug deep and it wasn't until the hour when Elkeson doubled the Vitória lead. Thiago Humberto wrapped things up for Vitória thirteen minutes from time.

Before the Majestoso all the talk was about Santos dismissing coach Dorival Junior in the lead up to the game. After a well publicised spat with Neymar at the Atléico-GO game a couple of weeks ago, Dorival Junior had left the youngster out of the side and fined him. He was left out of the game at the weekend and it was a bit too much for the Santos board, who took the players side. Gave Dorival Junior the boot and restored him to the side for the game against Corinthians. Anyway, on with the game and it was Santos who took an early lead in when Durval put them ahead with two minutes on the clock. Iarley levelled for Corinthians seven minutes later but the man of the moment, Neymar put Santos back ahead just short of the half hour. The teams went in level at half time when Elias levelled three minutes before the break and a Paulo Andre goal twenty minutes from time won it for Corinthians to keep them top of the pile with a game in hand.

Week 25 takes place over the weekend and they line up like this

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

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