Friday, 29 July 2011

Brasileirão Petrobras - Week 12

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

With Internacional being in Germany for the Audi Cup, their clash with Corinthians from this round a couple of weeks ago was almost forgotten about as Botafogo and Avaí opened the rest of the round at the Engenhão. Avaí stunned the hosts when Dirceu put them ahead with just six minutes on the clock. Botafogo levelled just before the half hour when Maicosuel hammered home a cut back from Marcio Azevedo and local hero German Herrera won it seven minutes before the break when he headed home. After victory over the leaders on Sunday, Cruzeiro couldn't back up their recent good form when they fell to defeat at the Serra Dourada against Atlético-GO. Felipe put Atléico-GO ahead with just nine minutes on the clock but the home side left it until injury time at the end of the game when a second for Felipe wrapped things up. Grêmio remain in the lower reaches of the table when they had to come from behind to take a point from América-MG. Willian Rocha put América-MG ahead with seventeen minutes gone but Grêmio levelled on the hour through Ezequiel Miralles. The Argentinian strikers night though was to end in disappointment when he was sent off eleven minutes after his equalizing goal.

The champions defence of their title is as good as over after they fell to their sixth defeat of the season in Sete Lagoas against Atléico-MG. One goal was enough to win it for the home side and it came fifteen minutes from time through André. Fluminense will now be on a mission to rescue their season, with Libertadores football in 2012 an absolute minimum requirement. The game of the night was quite rightly at the Vila Belmiro where Santos and Flamengo split 9 goals in an absolute thriller. Two goals in the opening quarter of an hour from Borges put Santos in control and Neymar, after a special assist for the second goal, made it three with a special finish on his return from Brazil duty with just twenty six minutes on the watch you could think the game was done. The home side didn't expect to go into half time level, Ronaldinho Gáucho pulled a goal back after a Rafael mistake two minutes later and when Thiago Neves headed home a second for Flamengo four minutes later it was game on again. Santos though, should have restored their two goal lead three minutes before the break. Neymar was pulled down by Willians but Elano tried a "Cavadinha" and Felipe collected the ball easily. Flamengo went to the other end and Deivid coverted a Ronaldinho Gáucho corner a minute before the break to send the teams in level. Neymar restored the Santos lead six minutes after the break but the old master Ronaldinho Gáucho's cheeky free kick half way though the half levelled things again. Ronaldinho Gáucho won if for Flamengo when he put them ahead for the first time with nine minutes left when he completed a hat-trick, and his eighth of the season. Palmeiras for themselves back on track when they went to Florianópolis and came back with all three points from their trip to Figueirense. The goal when it came seven minutes from time was rather fortunate, a Marcos Assunção swung a free kick over and Wilson in the home side's goal tried to punch the ball away but only succeeded in hitting Maurício Ramos and the ball was in the back of the net, much to the joy of a rather large travelling Verdão support at the Orlando Scarpelli.

On a night of large scorelines, there was a seven goal thriller in the late game at the Couto Pereira as São Paulo ended Coritiba's recent good home run. Carlinhos Paraiba put São Paulo ahead with eighteen minutes gone and Juan doubled the lead five minutes later. Dagoberto made it three with half an hour gone, Coritiba had Davi sent off four minutes before the break and when Lucas Silva made it four nine minutes after the break it was a case of how many. The home side fought back, Rafinha pulled one back half way through the second half and when Bill grabbed a second sixteen minutes from time there was a slim hope. A second for Bill four minutes from time added to the tension and São Paulo had to hold on with ten men when recent signing Denílson was sent off in injury time. The victory meant the São Paulo reduced their deficit at the top of the table to three points. Vasco da Gama left it late at the São Januário as Bahia came within seconds of taking all three points. With six minutes gone Bahia took the lead when Reinaldo put the ball into an empty net after Vasco were caught on the counter attack. All looked lost for Vasco when Márcio Careca was sent off as the game went into injury time but a Bahia player tooked out his own goalkeeper as Juninho Pernambucano free kick was swung in. Bernardo headed it goal bound and Elton's faintest of touches ensured it nestled in the back of the net. Up at the Castelão, Ceará were another team to leave it late before claiming all three points against Atlético-PR. The visitors made a great start when Madson put them ahead with fifteen minutes on the clock. Ceará levelled with seventeen minutes to go after Renan Rocha allowed a Marcelo Nicácio shot to go under his body. Atlético-PR were reduced to ten men with nine minutes left when Gustavo Lazzaretti saw red and they were defeated when Marcelo Nicácio's header found the back of the net in injury time.

This weekend a full round takes place with Inter back from their jaunt to Germany which saw them lose to FC Barcelona on penalties but defeat Milan the same way to claim third place after both games finished 2-2.

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

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