Thursday, 9 June 2011

Brasileirão Petrobras - Week 3

Palmeiras 1-0 Atlético Paranaense
Fluminense 2-1 Cruzeiro
Ceará 2-2 Botafogo
Figueirense 2-0 Atlético Goianiense
Flamengo 1-1 Corinthians
Grêmio 2-0 Bahia
Coritiba 5-1 Vasco da Gama
Santos 3-1 Avaí
América Mineiro 2-4 Internacional
Atlético Mineiro 0-1 São Paulo

Saturday saw Palmeiras go top of the table temporarily after victory over Atlético-PR at the Estádio Canindé. The visitors had Rômulo sent off just short of the hour fora second yellow card and the Big Green won the game when Chico struck fifteen minutes from time. The Premier Sports TV cameras saw Fluminense made it back to back wins after defeating title rivals Cruzeiro in front of just 6674 at the Engenhão. Close season signing from Goiás Rafael Moura put the Tricolor ahead on the stroke of half time but substitue Anselmo Ramon levelled for Cruzeiro half way through the second half. The teams were level for just five minutes before a second from Rafael Moura won the game for Fluminense. Botafogo's problem last season was too many draws and they had to come from behind to claim a point at Ceará. Recent signing Elkeson put the Alvinegro ahead just before the half hour but Ceará were quickly level through Osvaldo. Michel put Ceara ahead on the hour Antônio Carlos levelled for Botafogo fifteen minutes from time. The late Saturday game saw promoted Figueirense pick up their second consecutive home win, this time Atlético-GO were the victims. Both game came in the space of five second half minutes, Heber got the first half way though the second half before Édson Silva ensured the victory for Figueirense.

Sunday the Premier Sports TV cameras saw Corinthians knock Palmeiras off top spot after the were held to a draw by Flamengo at the Engenhão but denied Dejan Petkovic a victory in his farewell appearance. In contrast to the evening before 42000 turned up for this one and the majority were stunned when Willian put Corinthians ahead with twenty minutes gone. Flamengo levelled six minutes before the break when Renato Abreu's 30 yard free kick flew past Julio César in the Corinthians goal. Bahia are finding it tough on their return to the top flight and they are still searching for their first win after defeat at Grêmio. Júnior Viçosa put Grêmio ahead with just five minutes gone and his second seven minutes after the break wrapped up things for the home side as they registered back to back wins. Coritiba and Vasco da Gama met for the second time in three days after the latter 1-0 victory in the first leg of the Copa Kia do Brasil final in midweek. This time a totally different Vasco team were put to the sword by the home side as they picked up their first Série A win of the season. Tcheco put Coritiba ahead with just three minutes gone the then an Anderson Aquino hatrick in the space of nine minutes had the home side four up inside twenty minutes. Maranhão made it five for Coritiba twenty minutes after the break before Elton grabbed a consolation two minutes later. Coritiba won the second leg 3-2 on Wednesday night but Vasco da Gama got their place in the 2012 Copa Libertadores thanks to those two away goals.

Avaí remain pointless after defeat to a second string Santos side that rested players after the trip to Asunción in midweek. Borges put Santos ahead with ten minutes gone and he doubled the lead 8 minutes after the break. Avaí made it interesting when Mauricio Alves pulled a goal back in the last minute but Rychely restored the two goal advantage deep into injury time. Another promoted side, América-MG are finding life tough after they fell to defeat at home to Internacional. América were blown away in the opening part of the first half three goals in eight minutes from Andres D'Alessandor and a brace from Oscar put them three up with 22 minutes gone. Rodriguinho pulled a goal back eleven mintues after the break but Fernando Cavenaghi restored the three goal Inter cushion just three minutes after. Alessandro pulled another goal back from América-MG six minutes from time but it was mere consolation for the home side. The week closed on Wednesday night when two unbeaten sides in Atlético-MG and São Paulo clashed in Sete Lagoas. Both 100% records were on the line and it was the visitors who took home the points and retain their record in the division after Casimiro got the only goal of the game after twenty minutes.

Week 4 takes place this weekend and they line up like this

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

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