Monday, 1 November 2010

Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Week 32

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

With the elections taking place in Brazil yesterday Week 32 was dragged forward a little and opened on Wednesday night at the Engenhão as Flamengo and Corinthians met up. After much had been made of the planned reception for "O Fenomeno" by the Flamengo fans Ronaldo had the last laugh when he fired the title chasers into the lead on the half hour. Corinthians though, couldn't get the win they needed when they were undone a minute after half time and Diogo got the equaliser to leave the home side unbeaten in seven. São Paulo made a return to winning ways when they put a big dent in Atlético-PR's hopes of making the Libertadores with a 2-1 victory at the Morumbi. Ricardo Oliveira put São Paulo ahead with 12 minutes on the clock but Atlético-PR levelled through Joffre Guérron fifteen minutes later. The São Paulo winner game five minutes after the break through Miranda to lift them above Atlético-PR in the table. Fluminense will go into Week 33 on top of the table after Argentinian Dario Conca inspired them to their first win in six against Grêmio at the Engenhão. Conca put the Tricolor ahead with nineteen minutes on the clock and his second nine minute from time wrapped up a much needed win fir Fluminense.

Atlético-GO continue their escape from the relegation zone but saw their three game winning streak ended by Ceará. Marcão put Atlético-GO in the driving seat with his goal after 26 minutes. Ceará denied their hosts a fourth straight win when Michel levelled fifteen minutes from time. Internacional and Santos were still outside chances for the title when they started the Saturday action at the Beira-Rio. In an entertaining game it was the visitors who took the lead thirteen minutes from time courtesy of a wonderful strike from Zé Eduardo. The lead though lasted only three minutes before Leandro Damião headed Inter level, the draw though was not much good for either side. Vitória hauled themsevles out of the relegation zone after a big win over Vasco da Game. The home side were ahead inside two minutes through Adailton and Elkeson doubled the advantage five minutes before the break. Neto Coruja made it three two minutes after the break but a minute later Vasco got back in the game courtesy of Nunes. José Junior restored the three goal cushion just short of the hour leaving José Fumagalli's injury time strike mere consolation for Vasco. Cruzeiro kept up the heat on Fluminense at the top of the table after the pushed Prudente closer to relegation. Léo set Cruzeiro on their way with eighteen minutes on the clock and Robert doubled the lead five minutes before the break. The defeat leaves Prudente 11 points short of safety with just 18 to play for.

Botafogo climbed back into the Libertadores positions as of right after a 2-0 victory over Atlético-MG in Sete Lagoas. Fogo went ahead fifteen minutes from time courtesy of Edno and Sebatian Abreu's eight goal of the season a minutes from time wrapped things up. The defeat means that Atlético-MG drop back into the relegation zone and they are still in serious trouble. Avaí are another side with their head still below the relegation line but they gave themselves a fighting chance of survival with victory over Guarani. Only one goal separated the sides and it came from Eltinho with 27 minutes gone. Guarani are now right on the edge of the relegation zone and they will be now looking over their shoulders. Two teams in midweek Sudamericana action met at the Arena Barueri and it was Palmeiras who took the points against Goiás. Tinga put Palmeiras ahead with twenty minutes on the clock but the Big Green had to wait until ten minutes from time before Marcio Araujo doubled the lead. Carlos Alberto then pulled a goal back from Goiás three minutes later but Dinei restored the two goal advantage four minutes from time. Goiás weren't done and Éverton Santos again reduced the deficit a minutes from time but Palmeiras held on to leave Goiás deep in the relegation mire.

The last midweek round takes place this week and the line up like this, the most crucial game coming between Guarani and Atléico-MG in the battle to avoid the drop.

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

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