Monday, 31 January 2011

Campeonato Carioca - Taça Guanabara Week 4

Nova Iguaçu 2-0 América
Resende 1-0 Volta Redonda
Botafogo 3-1 Olaria
Duque de Caxias 3-3 Madureira
Americano 2-3 Boavista
Cabofriense 2-3 Fluminense
Vasco da Gama 1-2 Flamengo
Macaé 2-2 Bangu

Nova Iguaçu continued their impressive start to the season as they kept their unbeaten record in place with victory over América. Two second half goals from Maicon were enough to give Nova Iguaçu the points. The first game on the hour, the second nine minutes from time. Resende are another team who are unbeaten in Group A and they stayed in second place after a 1-0 success over Volta Redonda. Elias got the Resende winner thirteen minutes from time to keep them in the hunt for a semi final spot. Botafogo meanwhile remain top of Group B after their 3-1 success over Olaria at the Engenhão. The Alvinegro made the perfect start when Renato Cajá put them ahead in the first minute of the match but they did not double their lead until eight minutes after the break when Sebastian Abreu struck. Botafogo got a wake up call two minutes later when Vinicius got Olaria right back in the game but a second for Abreu on the hour wrapped things ups. A stunning late comeback from Madureira saw them claim a point against Duque de Caxias, the first drawn game in Group B so far. Lenilson and Geovane Maranhão put Duque de Caxias two up within the first 26 minutes but Valdir pulled a goal back for Madureira two minutes before the break. When Juninho restored the two goal cushion for Duque de Caxias fifteen minutes from time you thought the points were there heading their way but with two minutes left Rodrigo pulled what looked like a consolation goal back before his second grabbed an equaliser as they game went into injury time.

Boavista are another unbeaten side in Group A as they made it three wins on the spin after a stunning comeback at Americano. The home side went into the break two goals to the good after strikes from Gustavinho and Catatau put them in control. Paulo Rodrigues pulled a goal back four minutes after the break and Frontini levelled matters five minutes later. A second for Paulo Rodrigues half way through the second half won it for Boavista. Fluminense remain behind Botafogo at the top of Group B after being give more than a run for their money against winless Cabofriense. Fred put the Tricolor ahead with just six minutes on the clock but Capixaba levelled with half an hour gone. There was a shock on the cards when Diego Sales put Cabofriense ahead from the spot five minutes after the break but Fluminense levelled fifteen minutes later courtesy of André Luis. A second from Fred ten minutes from time restored the lead before Willians made sure of the points three minutes later. After disposing of coach PC Gumasão after the midweek defeat a Boavista the Clássico dos Milhões against Flamengo was the last thing they needed. And sure enough they fell to their fourth straight defeat of the season. Deivid put Flamengo ahead half way through the first half and Thiago Neves doubled the lead right on half time. Romulo pulled a goal back for Vasco fifteen minutes from time but it wasn't enough to prevent yet another defeat. Finally Bangu struck later to claim a point against Macaé in the final game of the weekend. Thiago Galhardo put Bangu ahead with fifteen minutes gone but Gedeil levelled ten minutes later. Hyantony put Macaé ahead twenty minutes into the second half and it looked like they were going to claim all three points until a second from Thiago Galhardo as they game went into injury time rescued a point for Bangu.

Many apologies, not many highlights knocking about this week.

And we get to do it all again in midweek with Week 5. They line up like this

Boavista x Resende
América x Americano
Madureira x Cabofriense
Olaria x Macaé
Bangu x Botafogo
Flamengo x Nova Iguaçu
Vasco da Gama x Volta Redonda
Fluminense x Duque de Caxias

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