Monday, 28 March 2011

Campeonato Carioca - Taça Rio Week 5

Olaria 2-0 Nova Iguaçu
Boavista 0-0 Botafogo
América 1-2 Duque de Caxias
Resende 5-2 Macaé
Cabofriense 0-1 Americano
Bangu 2-1 Volta Redonda
Flamengo 3-3 Madureira
Fluminense 0-0 Vasco da Gama

Olaria went to the summit of Group B after a two goal victory at a Nova Iguaçu side that is struggling to repeat it's form of the Taça Guanabara. Waldir put Olaria ahead a minutes before the break and his second with twenty minutes to go made the game safe for his side. It's a fourth straight win for Olaria who are in with a good shout of making the finals with just three games to go. Boavista dropped to second in Group B after a goalless draw at home to a Botafogo side still looking for a new coach after the fan forced departure of coach Joel Santana. The Alvinegro though, remain in a finals spot despite this result. Duque de Caxias made it back to back wins after a success over an América side that hasn't quite his the heights of last year. John put Duque de Caxais ahead with nineteen minutes on the clock but América levelled six minutes after the break through Leandrinho. The Duque de Caxias winner game just after the hour, John's second of the game giving them the three points. Resende were another side to make it back to back wins as they went to town on Macaé despite slipping two goal behind. Two goals in the space of four minutes from Andre Gomes and Gedeil put Macaé two goals ahead but Marcel pulled one back seven minutes before the break. Gabriel levelled matter for Resende ten minutes after the break and Elias put them ahead on the hour. Marcelo Regis gave Resende a two goal lead fifteen minutes from time before his second in injury time wrapped things up.

Americano kept up the pressure at the top of Group A after a 1-0 success at Cabofriense. The only goal of the game coming three minutes before the break from Diego. It leaves Americano in a three way tie at the top of Group A with only goal difference keeping them out of the play off zone at the moment. Bangu haven't enjoyed the best Taça Rio but kept their slim play off hopes alive after a 2-1 win over Volta Redonda. Bangu fell behind eleven minutes before the break when Glauber put Volta Redonda ahead but Bangu were level seven minutes after the break courtesy of Porssato. It looked like both teams were going to collect a point each but Abílio grabbed the Bangu winner deep into injury time. The woes for Flamengo continued as they were held to a third straight draw, this time by a Madureira side they really should be beating. A Welinton Souza own goal put Madureira into the lead ten minutes before the break but Leo Moura levelled for Flamengo seven minutes later. Michel then restored the Madureira lead twelve minutes into the second half and when Baiano made it 2-1 to Madureira six minutes later a shock was on the cards. Deivid pulled a goal back fifteen minutes from time and Thiago Neves rescused a point for Flamengo with the equaliser eight minutes from time. Finally no goals at the Engenhão as the Clássico dos Gigantes between Fluminense and Vasco da Gama. The result ended Vasco's three game winning run but still left them top of Group A, the result was more damaging for Flu's hopes of making the play offs.

Three games to go in the Taça Rio and they line up like this next weekend

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

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