Monday, 11 July 2011

Brasileirão Petrobras - Week 9

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

With the Premier Sports TV cameras at the Morumbi, São Paulo got back on track under caretaker Mílton Cruz as Joel Santana suffered his first defeat as Cruzeiro manager. Dagoberto put São Paulo ahead with twenty minutes gone when he tapped the ball into an empty net after good work by Rivaldo in the build up. The doubled the lead a minute after the break, Rivaldo again the creator when he set up Marlos to power home the second. Cruzeiro pulled a goal back nineteen minutes from time when Wallyson arrived at the back post to tap home but São Paull held on to break their three game losing run. Vasco da Gama were another side to get back on track after back to back defeats when they overcame Internacional at the São Januário. Éder Luís put Vasco ahead after he was first to react after a super save by Inter goalkeeper Muriel. They doubled the lead eight minutes from time after a Juninho Pernambucano free kick caused chaos in the area and Dedé headed home to lift Vasco a point behind Inter. The late Saturday game saw the bottom two meet at the Arena de Baixada and it was the visitors Avaí who were more happy to take a point back to Florianópolis. Atlético-PR remain rooted to the bottom of the table and it's looking like both sides are in for a season long battle against the drop.

The Premier Sports TV cameras were at the big game on Sunday which saw Fluminense and Flamengo clash in the Fla-Flu at the Engenhão. One goal separated that sides and it came in injury time at the end of the first half, a cross from Thiago Neves found Willians unmarked at the back post and he headed the ball past Diego Cavalieri to leave Flamengo looking like serious title challengers this year. Coritiba have yet to pick up a point on the road this season and their dismal away form continued as they went down 2-0 at Grêmio. Former Arsenal and Panathanaikos midfielder, Gilberto Silva, headed the Tricolor ahead with 63 minutes gone and seven minutes later André Lima wrapped up the points seven minutes later as Coritiba were caught on the counter attack. When Corinthians lost at the Serra Dourada last season against Atlético-GO it was like a Jenson Button mechanic putting a front right tyre on, the wheels fell off from that point in. Well this time, the took all three points when Willian sprung the offside trap to latch onto a Danilo pass to round keeper Marcio and slot home into an empty net. Botafogo slipped back in the title race when they were held to a draw at Bahia. The Alvinegro took the lead with half an hour gone when Elkeson's free kick went right into the top corner of Marcelo Lomba's net. Botafogo were undone twelve minutes from time when Fahel's header earned Bahia a point.

It was also derby day in Sete Lagoas as Atlético-MG and América-MG went head to head at the Arena do Jacare. Atléico-MG took the lead with thirty four minutes gone when Jhonata Obina got his first goal for the club with a piledriver from the left hand edge of the penalty area. Atlético-MG wrapped the points up twenty minutes from time, Jhonata Obina turning proider for substitue Neto Berola to get his second of the season. Figueirense came from behind to claim a point at home to Ceará. The visitors were ahead inside three minutes when Washington fired home from the edge of the D. The home side levelled just after the hour, Diego was unable to handle a shot from substitute Reinaldo and Maicon was first to the ball to bundle it home. At the Arena Barueri, the third big derby of the week saw Palmieras blow away an under strength Santos with a stunning first half display. After his recent arrival from Sanatos, Maikon Leite opened the scoring for the Big Green with twenty one minutes gone when he spring the offside trap to round Rafael and fire home. Palmeiras doubled the lead on the half hour when Maurício Ramos rose highest to head home a Marcos Assunção corner and Patrik wrapped things up on the stroke of half time when he fired home from the edge of the box. The only downside for Palmieras was the absence of Kléber, who continues to be linked with a move to Flamengo.

Goal of the week: It has to be Elkeson's effort for Botafogo at Ceará.

Bugbear of the week: Time for all the players in the league to get a new celebration, the current wobble one is wearing thin on my patience.

Coming up in Week 10....

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

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