Monday, 20 June 2011

Brasileirão Petrobras - Week 5

Fluminense 0-1 Bahia
América Mineiro 1-1 Cruzeiro
Palmeiras 5-0 Avaí
Flamengo 0-0 Botafogo
Grêmio 1-1 Vasco da Gama
Figueirense 2-0 Atlético Paranaesne
Ceará 0-2 São Paulo
Atlético Mineiro 2-1 Atlético Goianiense
Coritba 1-1 Internacional
Santos P-P Corinthians

The weekend started with just one early game on the Saturday and in front of yet another pitiful crowd at the Engenhão, Fluminense crashed to a shock defeat against Bahia in front of the Premier Sports TV Cameras. The result, to be honest, was little more than the battling performance of Bahia deserved but they left it late to strike. Jóbson with the goal as the game went into injury time. The last Saturday game saw the first Belo Horizonte derby of the season as América-MG came from behind to claim a point against Cruzeiro. Things seemed to be going well for the struggling visitors when Fabrício put them ahead with fifteen minutes on the clock but América-MG got themselves back into the game nine minutes after the break when Fábio Júnior levelled matters. It was too much for Cruzeiro coach Cuca who quit post game after picking up just three points out of a possible fifteen and ex-Botafogo coach Joel Santana has been hired. Sunday opened with Palmieras keeping the pressure on at the top of the table after comfortable disposing of a wretched Avaí side at the Canindé. Avaí shot themselves in the foot with the opener, George Lucas putting the ball into his own net with eighteen minutes gone before Luan doubled the lead four minutes later. Two more in two minutes just before the break, a second from Luan and Kléber meant the Big Green went into the break four up. The rout was completed nineteen minutes from time when Kléber got his second after converting from the spot.

A much larger crowd in at the Engenhão on the Sunday as the first big Rio derby of the season finished goalless between Flamengo and Botafogo. Chances were at a premium in what wasn't the best of games, Dario Botinelli took most of the headlines though after managing to get himself sent off with just twenty two minutes gone after some simulation saw him receive a second yellow card. Flamengo were happy to hang on for a point to keep their long unbeaten run against Botafogo going. Cross town rivals Vasco da Gama were denied victory on the road in Porto Alegre as they were denied by a late Grêmio goal. Bernardo's fourth goal of the season, he's now joint top of the goal charts, put Vasco ahead fifteen minutes from time but Roberson grabbed Grêmio a point five minutes from time. Promoted Figueirense moved up to fourth in the table after Atlético-PR became their latest victims. Two goals in four first half minutes were enough for Figueirense to take the points, Heber with the opener with eighteen minutes on the clock before Juninho Barbosa got the second.

The Premier Sports TV cameras witnessed São Paulo remained the only side with a 100% record after coming away with the points from the long trip up to Ceará. Marlos put São Paulo ahead ten minutes before the break and youngster Lucas, currently hot property with European clubs, doubled the lead twenty minutes after the break. It leaves São Paulo with a four point buffer at the top of the table from local rivals Palmeiras. Entertainment central in Sete Lagoas as Atlético-MG and Atlético-GO shared the points. Marcão put the visitors ahead with half an hour gone before Atlético-MG levelled fourteen minutes from time courtesy of Renan Oliveira. The game was level for four minutes before Atlético-GO took the lead again through Vítor Júnior and Atlético-MG rallied and levelled four minutes from time through Guilherme. Despite impressive form early in the year in the Copa do Brasil and the State Championship, Coritiba are still struggling to get to terms with life in the top flight but will take heart from a battling performance against Internacional. Gladyson put Inter ahead five minutes after the break but the home side got themselves a point and an equalising goal sixteen minutes form time when Davi finally found a way through.

The game between Santos and Corinthians was postponed until the 11th August due to the home sides involvement in the Libertadores final in midweek.

Next week again only nine games as the fixture involving Santos has been put back a week to allow them some recovery time.

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

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