Friday, 8 July 2011

Brasileirão Petrobras - Week 8

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

Cruzeiro made it three wins in a row since the arrival of Joel Santana after they defeated Grêmio. Argentinian Walter Montillo volleyed Cruzeiro ahead with twenty six minutes gone after being left unmarked at the back post. The second came nine minutes after the break, Fábio Rochemback's mistake gave possession to Wallyson and he laid it back for Montillo to get his second of the game. Avaí picked up their third point of the season after coming from behind to claim a point against Bahia. Avaí took the lead with nineteen minutes gone after Rafael Coelho scrambled the ball home. Six minutes later the visitors were ahead, first Júnior Pipoca slid home to score into an empty net and Paulo Miranda headed Bahia ahead after some poor marking. Avaí levelled twelve minutes after the break, Júnior Pipoca' header was stopped by Marcelo Lomba but Gustavo Bastos pounced to score from the rebound. Internacional made it three wins in a row as Atlético-PR were left firmly at the bottom of the table. The only goal came sixteen minutes from time when Oscar met a Leandro Damião cross to put the ball past Renan Rocha in the Atlético-PR goal and leave them still looking for that first win of the season.

Ceará took the lead inside two minutes at the Castelão when Atlético-MG keeper Giovanni fumbled and Marcelo Nicácio was first to react to put the home side ahead. Ceará doubled the lead twelve minutes from time when defender Boiadeiro arrived unmarked to slot home and put the icing on the cake five minutes later when Osvaldo got by some poor defending to make it three. At the Engenhão, arguably the game of the round as Flamengo and São Paulo met in a clash of the titans. Despite Flamengo dominated proceedings the couldn't find a way paast Rogério Ceni until nineteen minutes from time. Thiago Neves stepped over a cross from Ronaldo Angelim and substitute Dario Botinelli got this third of the season. It was São Paulo's third straight defeat and bought to an end the reign of Paulo César Carpegiani as head coach. At the Pacaembu, leaders Vasco da Gama extended their lead at the top of the table after coming from behind to defeat Vasco da Gama. The visitors took the lead with just two minutes gone when Juninho Pernambucano scored with a free kick from fully 35 metres out. It was a reminder that the 36 year old Vasco captain still has a lot to offer to Vasco. Corinthians were level twenty minutes later when Ralf's shot from the edge of the area squeezed under Vasco keeper Fernando Prass. The winner came three minutes before the break when Paulinho got the ball on the edge of the area, beat a couple of players and put his shot beyond Prass. The result gives Corinthians a clear lead at the top of the table with a game in hand.

In the Thursday games, the opener finished all square at the Engenhão between Botafogo and Atlético-GO. The home side took the lead with just five minutes gone when German Herrera's sharp turn and shot in the area put the Alvinegro ahead. Ten minutes later Atlético-GO were level, Gilson did well to keep the ball in play and his cross saw Anselmo rise above the Botafogo defenders to give Atlético an equaliser and ultimately a point. Coritiba are finally beginning to find their feet back in the top flight after they overcame fellow promoted side Figueirense. All the goals came in the last fifteen minutes of the match, first Emerson headed Coritiba ahead and then Léo Gago made it two as the game went into injury time with a sweet left foot volley from the edge of the D. Substitute Anderson Aquino made it three a minute later after Everton Costa found him unmarked in the box. The result was probably a little hard on Figueirense, who did not deserve to lose by that margin. The final game was in Sete Lagoas as Palmeiras again lost ground at the top of the table after being held to a draw by América-MG. The home side struck twenty minutes into the second half when a quick break found the Palmeiras defence wanting and Alessandro beat Deola in the Palmeiras goal. Palmieras levelled ten minutes later, after an attempted América-MG clearance from a free kick hit the unaware Patrik and Maurício Ramos was on hand to level matters.

The game between Santos and Fluminense was called off due to international call ups.

Back to weekend action and Round 9 of the Brasileirão and it doesn't come any bigger than the 379th Fla-Flu at the Engenhão on Sunday. They line up like this

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

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