Monday, 27 June 2011

Brasileirão Petrobras - Week 6

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

The weekend action saw the Premier Sports TV camera's witness Flamengo snap their 4 draw run with a come from behind victory of Atlético-MG at the Engenhão. Dudu Cearense headed the visitors ahead six minutes after the break and they held onto the lead for quarter of an hour before Ronaldinho Gáucho levelled for the Rubro-Negro. Thiago Neves put Fla ahead fourteen minutes from time and as Atlético-MG chased the game a double from Deivid in the last four minutes wrapped things up. Adilson Batista became the latest coaching casualty as his winless Atlético-PR side fell to defeat at home to Bahia. Marcone put Bahia ahead twenty minutes into the second half and Lulinha wrapped things up four minutes from time to give the newly promoted club a second straight win on the road. The late Saturday game saw Cruzeiro finally register in the win column when they accounted for a Coritba side slowly losing it's way. Walter Montillo put the home side ahead from the penalty spot seven minutes after the break but Marcos Aurélio though he'd earned the visitors a point eleven minutes from time. Up stepped Montillo to get his second six minutes from time to give Cruzeiro a winning start for new coach Joel Santana.

São Paulo's 100% start was destroyed by bitter rivals Corinthians as they ran riot in "O Majestoso" at the Pacaembu. São Paulo were reduced to ten five minutes before the break after Carlinhos Paraiba was sent off for a second yellow card. Corinthians opened the scoring two minutes after the break when Danilo broke the São Paulo resistance. Then it became the Liédshow. The former SC Portugal strike stunned São Paulo with a hat-trick in the space of 24 second half minutes to put Corinthians four up. Jorge Henrique rounded off the rout with the fifth eight minutes from time. Botafogo made it four unbeaten when they overcame Grêmio at the Engenhão. Grêmio were reduced to ten men half way through the second half when Fernando was shown a second yellow card and two minute later Marcelo Mattos put the Alvinegro ahead. Elkeson wrapped up the points in injury time with Botafogo's second but they couldn't rest easy after Rafael Marques pulled an immediate Grêmio goal back. The Premier Sports TV cameras were at the Ressacada on Sunday as Fluminense collected all three points against Avaí. Dario Conca put Fluminense ahead seven minutes before the break but the Tricolor suffered a blow two minute later when striker Rafael Moura was sent off. You begin to wonder now if Avaí are actually going to register a win this season.

The good run of Palmeias was ended at the Castelão as Ceará picked up their second win of the season. Washington put Ceará ahead with just seven minutes on the clock and Thiago Humberto doubled the lead on the stoke of half time. It's a first defeat of the season for the Big Green and a missed opportunity to close the gap at the top of the table. The late Sunday games saw Internacional make it four undefeated as they snapped Figueirense's three match unbeaten run in convincing fashion at the Beira-Rio. Internacional were two up inside the opening twenty minutes thanks to Bolívar and Oscar. Leandro Damião made it three just short of the hour and Ricardo Goulart added a fourth ten minutes from time. Wellington Nem got Figueirense a consolation goal two minutes from time. Finally Vasco da Gama are looking to build confidence on the back for the Copa Kia do Brasil success as they made it three unbeaten after a good win on the road at Atlético-GO. One goal was enough and came within the opening 60 seconds of the game. On their first trip into Atlético-GO territory the ball fell to Felipe on the edge of the area and he smashed the ball home.

The game between Santos and América Mineiro will take place next Saturday after being postponed to allow the Peixe time to recover from their exploits on Wednesday night.

Due to the start of the Copa América next weekend, there will be a midweek round of fixtures and they line up like this

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

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