Monday, 30 May 2011

Brasileirão Petrobras - Week 2

Botafogo 1-0 Santos
Internacional 0-1 Ceará
Avaí 1-3 Atlético Mineiro
São Paulo 1-0 Figueirense
Corinthians 2-1 Coritiba
Bahia 3-3 Flamengo
Atlético Paranaense 0-1 Grêmio
Cruzeiro 1-1 Palmeiras
Vasco da Gama 3-0 América Mineiro
Atlético Goianiense 0-1 Fluminense

Botafogo got the round underway when they took on a reserve Santos side who included only Pará from the starting line up that played in midweek against Cerro Porteño in the Libertadores. With the Asunción trip on the minds of the visitors, Botafogo were not about to miss the opportunity in front of the Premier Sports TV cameras. The visitors put up a valiant fight but were defeated by a Fábio Ferrira strike nine minutes before the break. Internacional are still searching for their first win of the campaign after they were stunned when Ceará took all three points away from the Beira-Rio. Veteran striker Iarley got the only goal just after the hour and the visitors finished with ten me when Washington saw red in injury time. Atlético-MG lead the way after two rounds as they came from behind to defeat Avaí at the Ressacada. Fabio Santos put the home side ahead with just seven minutes on the clock but Leandro Silva levelled for Atlético-MG just nine minutes later. Réver put Atlético-MG ahead two minutes after the break and a second for Leandro Silva secured the points half way through the second half. The final game on Saturday saw São Paulo make it two from two as they left it very late against newly promoted Figueirense at the Morumbi. The winner came as they game went into injury time at the second half when a 25 yarder from Lucas gave São Paulo the extra two points their performance didn't deserve.

Despite their long unbeaten run through the Copa do Brasil and Campeonato Paranaense Coritiba are finding live in the Brasileirão Petrobas not too easy as they fell to another defeat at Corinthians. Paulinho put the Muskateers ahead with just four minutes on the clock but Cleiton levelled for Coritiba seventeen minutes from time. This stung the home side into action and Danilo won the game ten minutes from time. After a promising start last weekend Flamengo were left cursing after a late goal cost them victory at another promoted side, Bahia. The home side took the lead with seventeen minutes gone when Lulinha put them ahead but Ronaldinho Gáucho levelled on the half hour. Jóbson out Bahia ahead again eight minutes before the break but Dario Botinelli levelled again for Flamengo eight minutes after the break. Egído edged Flamengo ahead eighteen minutes from time and when Helder was sent off five minutes later the writing was on the wall for the home side. Bahia rallied and battled hard and a second from Jóbson in injury time rescued a point for the home side. Grêmio, notoriously bad away from home, got their home campaign off to the perfect start after victory at the Arena de Baixada against Atlético-PR. The home side contributed to their own downfall, an own goal from Rafael Santos thirteen minutes into the game the difference between the sides.

The Premier Sports TV cameras were at the Arena do Jacaré as Palmairas were held by a Cruzeiro side that is currently struggling to impress after a Libertarores exit and failure in the Campeonato Mineiro. After a scoreless first half Palmeiras took the lead on the hour when Luan put them ahead, but Cruzeiro showed some fighting spirit and levelled sixteen mintues from time courtesy of Anselmo Ramon. It leave Cruzerio still searching for their first victory of the season. Despite a victory last week, América Mineiro were bought back to earth with a bump as cup finalists Vasco da Gama made it two from two with a comfortable victory at the São Januário. An own goal from Bernardo with just nine minutes on the clock put Vasco ahead but they didn't double the lead until three minutes after the break when Enrico made life more comfortable. América Mineiro were reduced to ten men twelve minutes from time when Dudu was shown a second yellow card and Elton put the icing on the cake for Vasco in injury time. After an opening home loss the Champions, Fluminense for their away campaign off to a winning start with victory at the Serra Dourada against Atlético-GO. The goal came with just eleven minutes on the clock courtesy of Leandro Euzébio and the Tricolor held on to their lead to take home all three points.

Another midweek dominated by other competition and Week three takes place next weekend with a staggered round that won't be completed until next Wednesday night.

Palmeiras x Atlético Paranaense
Fluminense x Cruzeiro - Coverage on Premier Sports TV
Ceará x Botafogo
Figueirense x Atlético Goianiense
Flamengo x Corinthians - Coverage on Premier Sports TV
Grêmio x Bahia
Coritiba x Vasco da Gama
Santos x Avaí
Américo Mineiro x Internacional
Atlético Mineiro x São Paulo

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1 comment:

Aeris Gainsborough said...

Sadly, NASCAR returns to an afternoon start in the USA, for 5 June, 2011, thus any South American football on Sunday, will be delayed, so might as well get the coffee out that Sunday.

Premier Sports needs to have the South American football matches shown a little more conveniently (i.e. this weeks Week 3 match shown again on Saturday 11 June, 2011, when it's more convenient) or tell NASCAR to shove it, and Motors TV buys the rights to NASCAR next year.

One advantage though about Premier Sports TV showing NASCAR though, it's all raw feed, no commercials.