Monday, 21 March 2011

Campeonato Carioca - Taça Rio Round Up

Taça Rio Round Up Weeks 1-3

Week one of the Taça Rio saw Vasco continue their poor form from the Guanabara when they went down to a 3-1 defeat at Macaé. Guanabara runners up Boavista got over the disappointment of their final loss with a 3-1 win over Bangu. The other of the big 4 were all victorious while Madureira and América also picked up maximum points. Week two saw the Big Four all win, with Vasco finally getting their season underway with victory over Duque de Caxais. Boavista went down to defeat at Olaria while Cabofriense and Americano both got their fist wins of the season as well. Week three saw the 375th Fla-Flu finish goalless at the Engenhão whilst Vasco and Botafogo both had comfortable victories. Boavista got back to winning ways and Olaria made it back to back victories as well.

Week 4

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

Duque de Caxias got their first win of the Taça Rio after success at Nova Iguaçu. Juninho put the visitors ahead with twenty minutes gone and his second fifteen from time doubled their advantage. Nova Iguaçu pulled a goal back in injury time but Duque de Caxias held on to collect maximum points. Americano got their second win of the Taça Rio after a late goal gave them victory over Madureira. Elson put Americano ahead with thirteen minutes gone but and own goal from Breda levelled things just short of the half hour. With six minutes left, Breda redeemed himself when he got the winner. Volta Redonda were another team to get their second win of the Taça Rio after inflicting Macaé's third straight defeat of the Taça Rio. Bruno Lança put Volta ahead with eighteen minutes gone and Kanu doubled the lead six minutes before the break. Robson pulled a goal back ten minutes after the break but Volta Redonda held on for the victory. Olaria moved into second in Group B after their third straight victory of the Taça Rio. One goal was enough to see off América who would have surely been happy with a point but for a winner from Renan Silva with just two minutes left.

Boavista proved their Guanabara semi-final victory was no fluke when they repeated their victory over Fluminense at the Engenhão. Gustavo put Boavista ahead eight minutes before the break and Max finished things off thirteen minutes from time. The win moves them into second above Flamengo who picked up their second consecutive scoreless draw, this time at Cabofriense. It's a very disappointing result for Rubro-Negro and they find themselves outside the finals at the moment. Resende picked up their first victory of the Taça Rio when they picked up a single goal victory away at Bangu. Marcel with the only goal of the game twenty minutes into the second half. The big game of the week was the Clássico Alvinegro at the Engenhão as Vasco da Gama made it three wins on the spin with victory over a very disappointing Botafogo side. Diego Souza put Vasco ahead just shot of the hour and on loan striker Éder Luis made it two ten minutes later with a stunner. The victory puts Vasco top of Group A and in with a shot of making the finals.

Week 5 takes place next weekend, centre stage is the Clássico dos Gigantes and they line up like this

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

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