Monday, 11 April 2011

Campeonato Carioca - Taça Rio Week 7

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

The opening fixture was between two sides playing for pride as Nova Iguaçu and Bangu opened up the weekend with a 1-1 draw. Somália put the visitors ahead thirteen minutes into the second half before Leonardo levelled matters ten minutes later. Olaria are limping towards the play offs after their second consecutive scoreless draw, this time at Volta Redonda. Olaria are still in the play off zone going into the last round of fixtures and a point at home to Vasco will be enough to see them in the semi finals. After making the Taça Guanabara final, Boavista won't be involved in the end of season shake up after a disappointing 2-1 defeat at Madureira. It all started well for Boavista when a Paulo Rodrigues own goal put them ahead just short of the half hour. Maciel levelled for Madureira with seventeen minutes to go and then his second two minutes from time claimed all three points for the home side. Vasco da Gama will be in the semi-finals after their victory over Cabofriense at the São Januário. Bernardo put Vasco ahead with twenty minutes gone but Cabofriense levelled fourteen minutes later when Zotti struck. Things got harder for Cabofriense eleven minutes after the break when Assumpção was sent off but the held out for half an hour until Alecsandro for the winner four minutes from time.

América snapped their five game losing streak when they picked up a point at Macaé. América took the lead four minutes before the break through Bruno Reis but Hyantony levelled matters eighteen minutes from time. Duque de Caxias made it three wins in the last four after victory over Resende. Somália and Gilcimar put Duque de Caxias two up inside the opening twenty three minutes and although Resende pulled a goal back late on it was too little too late for them. Fluminense will go into the last week of the season top of Group A and almost certain to be in the playoffs, the need a point, after a 5-1 victory over Americano. Fluminense were rocked with twenty minutes on the clock when Gustavinho put Americano ahead but the Tricolor were ahead for half time. Argentinian star Dario Conca levelled eleven minutes before the break and Araújo fired them ahead two minutes later. Mariano made it 3-1 five minutes after the break before a second for Araújo put the result beyond doubt. Marquinho put the icing on the cake three minutes from time. The big clash of the weekend saw Flamengo book their place in the semi finals and keep on track for the double after a 2-0 victory over Botafogo at the Engenhão. Thiago Neves put Flamengo ahead eleven minutes before the break and his second two minutes from time wrapped the points up. The result leaves Botafogo in danger of missing out on the semi finals, the need Olaria to lose and Botafogo need to turn over the goal difference as well.

Next week is the final week of league action before the play offs start and all games start at the same time on Sunday.

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

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