Friday, 4 February 2011

Campeonato Paulista A1 - Week 6

Oeste 1-0 Botafogo SP
Paulista 0-0 Noroeste
Ponte Preta 2-2 Santos
Portuguesa 1-0 Americana
Mogi Mirim 1-1 Santo André
Mirassol 0-1 Palmeiras
São Paulo 3-2 Linense
Bragantino 3-0 São Bernardo
São Caetano 1-0 Grêmio Prudente
Corinthians P-P Ituano Now Tuesday 15th February

Oeste kept themselves in "The Eight" after victory over a struggling Botafogo SP side. One goal was enough to split the teams and it came from Roger with twenty minutes on the clock. No goals at the Estádio Dr. Jayme Pinheiro de Ulhôa Cintra as draw specialists Noroeste made it 5 draws out of six games against Paulista. The result keeps Noroeste in the relegation zone but seems Paulista drop out of "The Eight". Santos were deposed as leaders after twice having to come from behind to claim a point at in form Ponte Preta. Romulo put Ponte Preta ahead half way through the first half but competition leader scorer Elano levelled for Santos five minutes before the break. Renatinho restored the Paulista lead from the spot twelve minutes into the second half but Maikon Leite rescued Santos five minutes from time to join team mate Elano at the top of the goal scoring charts. The pair now account for 12 of the 18 goals Santos have scored so far this season.

After back to back defeats Portuguesa got back to winning ways and back into "The Eight" after victory at home to Americana. The visitors came crashing back to earth after their 5-1 weekend victory courtesy of Heverton's 28th minutes strike. The defeat leaves Americana four points off the top of the table. Mogi Mirim remain on the fringes of "The Eight" despite letting a lead slip against Santo André and having to settle for a point. Val put Mogi Mirim ahead just after the half hour but Borebi levelled the game fifteen minutes from time. Santo André remain a point out of the relegation zone but only on goal difference. Palmeiras took advantage of the slip up by Santos to go two points clear at the top of the table after the fifth straight win. Mirassol were in decent form going into the fixture and the win for Felipão's men gives an indication they will there or thereabouts come play off time. One goal settled the game and it came from Patrick thirteen minutes from time.

38 year old former world footballer of the year Rivaldo made his debut for São Paulo against Linense after joining on a 12 month loan. Linense hasn't read the script and they took the lead six minutes after the break when Eric bundled the ball home. The star attraction, Rivaldo, levelled matters 5 minutes later with a cool finish before Marlos put São Paulo ahead seven minutes later. A superb Rogério Ceni free kick made it three with five minutes to go before Alessandro ensured a nervous few moments for the home side when he pulled a goal back for Linense as the game went into injury time. Bragantino sneaked into "The Eight" after a comfortable victory over São Bernardo. Juninho Quixada put Bragantino ahead with just six minutes on the clock and he doubled the lead six minutes before the break. As the game went into injury time Juninho Quixada completed his hat-trick to wrap things up and put him on five for the season. Grêmio Prudente just go from bad to worse as they were cast adrift at the bottom of the table after yet another defeat, this time at São Caetano. One goal was enough to separate the sides and it came from Aílton with just seven minutes on the clock.

Corinthians clash with Ituano was postponed due the Copa Libertadores commitments.

The big clash of the weekend is "The Derby Paulista" at the Pacaembu where Palmeiras will look to "stick the boot in" after Corinthians Copa Libertadores exit in midweek.

Santo André x Santos
Noroeste x Mogi Mirim
Americana x Oeste
Palmeiras x Corinthians
Ituano x São Bernardo
Grêmio Prudente x Portuguesa
Ponte Preta x Linense
Botafogo SP x São Paulo
Bragantino x Mirassol
São Caetano x Paulista

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