Monday, 8 November 2010

Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Week 34

Atlético Mineiro 2-2 Santos
Grêmio 5-1 Ceará
Atlético Goianiense 2-2 Internacional
São Paulo 0-2 Corinthians
Prudente 4-1 Goiás
Vitória 0-1 Cruzeiro
Avaí 0-0 Botafogo
Palmeiras 1-0 Guarani
Flamengo 0-1 Atlético Paranaense
Fluminense 1-0 Vasco da Gama

Saturday's games saw Atlético-MG take another small step to safety after an entertaining 2-2 draw with Santos in Sete Lagoas. Neymar's 12th goal of the season put the visitors ahead with just eight minutes on the clock but Diego Tardelli levelled matters after 25 minutes on the clock. When Obina put Atlético-MG ahead on the hour the home side were on course for a crucial point but Neymar's second of the game seven minutes later rescued a point for Santos. Grêmio are still an outside bet for the last Libertadores spot after they took Ceará to the cleaners. André Lima set the Tricolor on the way with 24 minutes gone and a 21st of the season from Jonas doubled the lead on the half hour. Ceará had Heleno sent off before veteran Fábio Rochemback made it three before the break before Douglas got the fourth ten minutes after half time. A second for André Lima made it five on the hour before Magno Alves got a consolation for Ceará thirteen minutes from time. Atlético-GO were another team to take a small step to safety but will be kicking themselves after letting a two goal lead slip against Internacional. Juninho put Atlético-GO ahead with twelve minutes on the clock and an 11th of the season from Elias from the spot doubled the lead. Inter halved the deficit ten minutes after the break courtesy of Leandro Damião before Giuliano levelled matters from the spot twenty minutes from time.

The early Sunday games started with a huge clash at the Morumbi between São Paulo and Corinthians, the Majestoso. It was the visitors who briefly returned to the top of the table courtesy of a 2-0 victory. Elias put Corinthians ahead six mintues before the break and Dentinho made the points certain with the second six minutes from time. Prudente kept their heads above the parapet after a 4-1 victory over a Goiás side that now looks likely to join them in the second tier next season. Rafael Moura put Goiás ahead with just six minutes on the clock but Prudente levelled through João Vitor after twenty minutes. Willian José put Prudente ahead six minutes after the break and Goiás were then reduced to ten men on the hour when Rafael Tolói was dismissed. Wesley made it three half way through the half before Rhayner put the icing on the cake four minutes from time. Cruzeiro kept up the heat at the top of the table after a single goal was enough to give them victory at Vitória. That goal came seven minutes before half time with Jonas unfortunate to put the ball into his own net. In Florianópolis, Avaí got a point in their battle to beat the drop but it was against a disappointing Botafogo side that collected an amazing 16th draw of the season. The Rio club have lost the least games of any team in the division so far but an inability to win more games will probably cost them in the long run.

The late Sunday games all featured a single goal in all the contests. At the Arena Barueri, Palmeiras got the better of Guarani ahead of their second leg Sudamericana game in midweek. The only goal in this one came four minutes before half time from Leandro Amaro. That result leaves Guarani in the relegation zone with just four games left to play. Flamengo ended up playing their home game against Atlético-PR at the Estádio Raulino de Oliveira in Volta Redonda due to Fluminense bagging the Engenhão to take on Vasco. It was the visitors who kept their Libertadores hopes alive after veteran Paulo Baier got the only goal of the game six minutes before the break. Over at the Engenhão, Fluminense, after a couple of hours in third, went back to the top of the table after victory over Vasco da Gama in the Clássico dos Gigantes. The goal came with just four minutes on the clock from Tartá and means that Fluminense have a single point lead at the top of the table with just four matches left.

Week 35 starts on Wednesday night in Fortaleza when Botafogo need a victory against Ceará if they have any chance of winning the title. The biggest clash of the week is on Saturday when Corinthians in second entertain Cruzeiro in third. They line up like this

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

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