Friday, 5 November 2010

Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Week 33

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

Vitória edged away from the relegation after gaining a point in the their cup final rematch with Santos. Santos took the lead just after the half hour courtesy of Neymar's 11th goal of the season but José Junior levelled five minutes before the break. Vitória finished with ten men after Thiago Martinelli was sent off ten minutes from time. Botafogo are suddenly right in the title race again after hanging on to defeat Atlético-GO at the Engenhão. Botafogo took the lead two minutes before the break through Caio and Jobson doubled the lead three mintues after the break. Sebastian Abreu's goal from the spot, his 9th of the season, with 25 minutes to go looked to have wrapped things up but Atlético-GO pulled a goal back the Juninho with eight mintues to go. Robston reduced the Fogo lead to one in injury time but the Alvinegro held on to collect all three points. The big relegation clash in Campinas finished goalless between Guarani and Atlético-MG, a result with does either team no favours. Fluminense will go into Week 34 with their noses ahead in the table after a coming away from the Beira-Rio with a point. The game was billed as a battle of the Argentinian stars Dario Conca and Andres D'Alessandro but the game never sparked into life.

Goiás are looking like they are heading for Série B after a 2-0 home defeat to Grêmio. André Lime put the Tricolor ahead on the half hour and Diego wrapped things up in injury time at the end of the second half. Grêmio are an outside bet for the last Libertadores spot while Goiás are now five points away from safety. Corinthians for themselves right back in the title hunt after pushing Avaí closer to the drop after a comfortable victory and revenge for their defeat in Florianópilis earlier in the season. Bruno César set Corinthians on their way after 20 minutes but they home side had to wait until after half time extend their lead. Elias for the second nineteen minutes into the second half before a brace from Ronaldo in the last six minutes put the icing on the cake. Avaí didn't help their cause after having both Robinho and Emerson sent off. The big losers of the week were Cruzeiro who slipped to their third defeat in four after a 2-0 defeat to São Paulo. Lucas Silva put the visitors ahead seven minutes after the break and Rogerio Céni wrapped things up from the spot ten minutes from time. The defeat pushed Cruzeiro back into third and the need to find their form quickly if they are to take the title.

Flamengo are now unbeaten in eight as they edge away from the relegation zone under Wanderlei Luxemburgo but they had to settle for a point at Ceará. Welinton Souza put the Rubro-Negro ahead inside two minutes but the teams went into the break level after Magno Alves levelled in the 26th minute. Ronaldo Angelim put Flamengo ahead again half way through the second half but a second from Magno Alves nine minutes from time rescued a point for the home side. Vasco da Gama can look forward to another season in the top flight as they more or less condemned Prudente to Série B at the São Januário. It was a come from behind victory for the home side after they fell behind to a Adriano Pimenta goal with just nine minutes on the clock. But two goals in a minute around the half hour mark from Romulo gave Vasco the victory and the chance to plan ahead for next season. Atlético-PR kept their hopes of qualifying for the Libertadores alive after a late goal gave them victory over Palmeiras. The only goal of the game came nine minutes from time from Fedrico Nieto to leave Atlético-PR in a group of five teams on 50 points.

So with all the midweek rounds over Week 34 takes place at the weekend, Goiás could relegate Prudente. There is the Clássico dos Gigantes in Rio between Fluminense and Vasco while the Majestoso takes centre stage in São Paulo.

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

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