Monday, 25 October 2010

Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Week 31

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

Botafogo finally snapped their eight game drawing streak as they finally won a game. Vitória were their victims at the Engenhão as they keep in the hunt for a Libertadores spot. One goal separated the sides and that came a minutes before half time from Marcelo Cordeiro. The result dropped Vitória into the relegation zone. Atlético-GO were one of the teams to climb out of that relegation zone as they made it back to back away wins and three on the spin at Guarani. Again it was a single goal that separated the teams and that came on the hour from Marcão. Guarani finished with ten me after Baiano was sent off thirteen minutes from time. Corinthians are right back in the title race after victory in the Derby Paulista against Palmeiras at the Pacaembu. It's a first win in eight games for Corinthians and it came courtesy of a single goal from Bruno César halfway through the first half.

Avaí are in deep relegation trouble now as they made it six without a win as they went down to fellow strugglers Goiás. Again a single goal separated the sides and that came three minutes before the break from Bernardo. Avaí finished with ten men when Bruno Silva was sent off in injury time at the end of the second half. Ceará took a huge step to safety and survival in Série A with a crucial win over São Paulo. The win for Ceará snapped São Paulo's three game winning streak and they took the lead through Magno Alves after 20 minutes. Diego Sacoman doubled the lead ten minutes before the break to leave Ceará unbeaten in six. Despite going five games without a win Fluminense are back on top of the table after a late Dario Conca penalty gave them a point at Atlético-PR. Paulo Baier put Atlético-PR ahead on the hour but Marquinho levelled nine minutes later. When Wagner Diniz put Atlético-PR ahead for the second time it seemed the Tricolor were doomed until Conca's coolly converted from the spot with two minutes left.

Santos slumped to a disappointing defeat at home to Prudente after a stunning comeback from the visitors. It was all going well for Santos after on-loan Keirrison and Durval gave them a 2-0 half time lead. Prudente got back in the game a minute after the break through Wesley and Gilmar levelled from the spot eight minutes later. A second from Wesley on the hour stunned the Vila Belmiro to put Prudente ahead but the visitors clung on depite having Leonardo and Flávio Boaventura sent off. At the Engenhão it finished all square in the Clássico dos Milhões between Vasco and Flamengo. The home side took the lead through Cesinha after 26 minutes but they were reduced to ten men nineteen minutes after the break when Dedé was dismissed. Flamengo though, took their unbeaten run to six when Renato Abreu levelled ten minutes from time. In another derby taking place at the weekend it finished all square in the Gre-Nal at the Olímpico Monumental. André Lima put Grêmio ahead nine minutes before the break but Inter levelled twenty minutes into the second half when Alecsandro levelled from the spot after Fabio Rochemback had handled a goal bound shot on the line, a red card also followed for the veteran. The ten men went ahead again through Fábio Santos twenty minutes from time but Inter salvaged a point seven minutes from time when Andre D'Alessandro struck.

Cruzeiro were knocked off the top of the table as they fell to a second loss in succession in a classic Belo Horizonte derby at the Mineirão. Atlético-MG have not had the best of seasons so far, struggling at the bottom of the table but they ripped the form book apart in the opening half an hour as a hat-trick from former Flamengo and Palmeiras striker Obina gave them a shock lead. Cruzeiro pulled a goal back a nine minutes before the break through Gilberto but still had a mountain to climb to get anything out of the game. That mountain got a lot higher with 66 minutes on the clock when Réver restored the three goal advantage for Atlético-MG. Two goals in the space of two minutes from Thiago Ribeiro gave Cruzeiro 12 minutes to try and salvage a draw but Atlético-MG held on to haul themselves out of the relegation zone.

Week 32 takes place with games on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday ahead of the final midweek round of games. They line up like this

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

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