Monday, 21 March 2011

Campeonato Paulista A1 - Week 14

Noroeste 1-0 Ponte Preta
Portuguesa 4-1 Mirassol
Bragantino 2-1 Santos
Botafogo SP 2-1 Paulista
Santo André 2-2 Oeste
Corinthians 1-0 Americana
São Caetano 1-1 Palmeiras
Grêmio Prudente 0-1 São Paulo
Ituano 0-1 Mogi Mirim
Linense 0-2 São Bernardo

You go away for a couple of weeks and things change dramatically in the Campeonato Paulista. With new leaders now in place since our last review in Week 10. Noroeste dragged themselves out of the relegation zone after victory over Ponte Preta. Otacílio Neto with the winner for Noroeste with his first goal of the season on the stroke of half time. Portuguesa remain three points away from the play offs after victory over a Mirassol team in free fall since they went to the top of the table in Week 10. Luis Ricardo and a penalty from Jael put Portuguesa in control before Xuxa replied form the spot seven minutes before the break. A second for Jael restored the two goal cushion ten minutes after the break and Henrique made sure of the points with the fourth three minutes later. In the live Premier Sports game, a late goal from Marcelhino gave Bragantino a shock victory over Santos. Léo Jamie had put Bragantino ahead with 25 minutes gone but Elano's tenth of the season from the spot on the half hour levelled matters. Santos were never allowed to settle and were full value for their victory which came with that winner two minutes from time. Botafogo SP also climbed out of the relegation zone after a victory over Paulista. Eli Sabia put Paulista ahead two minutes before the hour mark but Anselmo levelled just four minutes later. Assis Mota for the Botafogo SP winner twelve minutes from time.

Santo André remain in deep relegation trouble after letter a two goal lead slip at home to Oeste. Celio put Santo André ahead five minutes before the break and Allan Dias made it two thirteen minutes into the second half. Reinaldo de Sol pulled a goal back eighteen minutes from time and Oeste claimed a point thanks to a Fabio Santos leveller twelve minutes from time. Corinthians remain second in the table on games won after a ninth minute goal from Liédson, his ninth of the season, gave them a single goal victory over Americana at the Pacaembu. In the delayed Premier Sports TV offering early on Monday morning, Palmeiras took advantage of the Santos slip up to move into third with a draw at São Caetano. Palmeiras went ahead with just six minutes on the clock when Kléber put them ahead from the spot but Artur levelled for São Caetano nine minutes from time. The game finished ten a-side after Anderson Marques of São Caetano and Thiago Heleno both saw red after a second half clash.

São Paulo remain top after their fourth straight victory, this time away at bottom of the table Grêmio Prudente. One goal was enough for São Paulo and it came sixteen minutes from time through Henrique. Mogi Mirim are still in with a shout of making "The Eight" after they pushed Ituano into the relegation zone with a 1-0 victory. The goal came from Val with twenty-five minutes on the clock. São Bernardo continued their rise up the table when they defeated fellow promoted side Linense 2-0. And own goal with thirteen minutes gone from André Turatto put São Bernardo ahead and Junior Xuxa made they game safe with the second six minutes after the break. The defeat snapped Linense's two game winning streak and put they back into the relegation zone.

Midweek action for week 15 and they line up like this

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

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