Monday, 4 April 2011

Campeonato Carioca - Taça Rio Week 6

Nova Iguaçu 3-2 Cabofriense
Madureira 2-0 América
Volta Redonda 1-2 Fluminense
Macaé 2-1 Boavista
Duque de Caxias 0-2 Flamengo
Americano 0-0 Olaria
Vasco da Gama 4-0 Bangu
Botafogo 1-1 Resende

Nova Iguaçu picked up their second win of the Taça Rio as they overcame a Cabofriense who remain bottom of Group B. Dieguinho Batista put Noca Iguaçu up with eighteen minutes gone and his second doubled the lead seven minutes later. Carlos pulled a goal back for Cabofriense with half an hour gone but Lukian restored the tow goal advantage eight minutes after the break. Assumpção gave Cabofriense a chance with a quarter of an hour to go but Nova Iguaçu held on for the victory. Madureira were another side to pick up their second win of the season after they defeated América. Rodrigo put Madureira ahead with twenty minutes gone and Valdir wrapped up the points with midway through the second half. Fluminense picked up their first win in four attempts but still remain outside the play off zone after victory at Volta Redonda. Two second half goals in the space of two minutes from Souza and Emerson put the Tricolor ahead. Arthur got what turned out to be mere consolation for Volta Redonda in injury time. Boavista fell out of the play off zone when they crashed to a surprised defeat at out of form Macaé who snapped a four game losing streak. Bruno Luiz was the hero for the home side as his doubled strike in the opening twenty-eight minutes put Macaé in control. Max dragged Boavista back into the game with nine minutes left but they were unable to claim anything from the game.

Flamengo got back on track with victory at Duque de Caxias after three straight draws. Renato Abreu put Flamengo ahead with seventeen mintues left and David made the game safe with the second in injury time. Olaria remain top of Group B but their four match winning streak was ended at Americano. No goals in the game a result that doesn't harm both teams chances of making the play offs. Vasco da Gama are now unbeaten in 5 after comfortably disposing of Bangu at the São Januário. After Bangu had Rafael sent off with just twenty minutes on the clock Dedé put Vasco ahead two minutes before the break and Éder Luís doubled the advantage two minutes after it. Alecsandro made it three seventeen minutes from time and Felipe wrapped things up two minutes later. Botafogo had to come from behind to claim a disappointing draw at home to Resende. The visitors stunned the Engenhão crown when Rogério headed past a motionless Jefferson on the stroke of half time. Botafogo finally levelled fifteen minutes from time through a smart turn and strike from Antônio Carlos.

Two weeks to go in the Taça Rio and it's all to play for with spots in the playoffs still technically available to fourteen of the sixteen clubs in the competition. Week 7 takes place next weekend and they line up like this

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

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