Monday, 1 August 2011

Brasileirão Petrobras - Week 13

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

The Premier Sports TV Cameras were at the Engenhão as Flamengo narrowed the Corinthians lead at the top of the table to one point after victory over Grêmio. Ronaldhino Gáucho led the Rubronegro to victory, it was his cross that found Thiago Neves to head home with twenty seven minutes gone. The Brasileirão's leading scorer then made the game safe sixteen minutes from time when Grêmio keeper Victor messed about too much and was relieved of possession by Ronaldinho Gáucho who rolled the ball into the net. His performance led to Vanderlei Luxemburgo calling for his star man to be recalled to the national side. Botafogo made it back to back victories in Sete Lagoas as they inflicted former coach Joel Santana's first home defeat as Cruzeiro coach. One goal was enough to separate the sides and it came ten minutes after the break. Sebastian Abreu, fresh for success with Uruguay in the Copa América, striking from 25 yards out with a powerful left foot shot. Palmeiras remain in the title hunt after victory over Atlético-MG at the Candidé. Marcos Assunção put Palmeiras ahead when he caught Giovanni off his line but the lead lasted only a minute before a Magno Alves strike beat Deola. Luan restored the Palmeiras advantage on the hour before substitute Patrik doubled the lead twelve minutes from time. Another substitute, Wesley got a second for Atlético-MG a minute later but Palmeiras held on for their seventh win of the season.

Vasco da Gama remain dark horses in this title race and an impressive win at the Morumbi against São Paulo seems to strengthen the case for a league and cup double. They took the lead seven minutes after the break through Éder Luís and made the game safe when Felipe's second of the season in injury time wrapped things up for Vasco and strike a blow to São Paulo's title ambitions. Fluminense kept up their record of not drawing a game all season when they crushed Ceará at the Engenhão. Returning after Copa América duty Fred put the Tricolor ahead ten minutes before the break and the visitors cause wasn't helped when Heleno was sent off on the stroke of half time. Souza doubled the Fluminense lead three minutes after the break, with Rafael Sóbis making it three just after the hour. Another Rafael, this time Moura put the icing on the cake fourteen minutes from time with a fourth for Fluminense and their biggest win of the season so far. After their jaunt to Germany for the Audi Cup it was back to business for Internacional at the Beira-Rio as they entertain Atlético-GO. No goals in the game as a tired Inter side felt the pace after all their travelling, the only real highlight for the home fans was the second half appearance of after his arrival from English side Manchester City. The shock of the round came at the Ressacada as the Premier Sports TV cameras were there to witness a second straight defeat for league leaders Corinthians, this time at the hands of Avaí. It all started well for Corinthians when after a great advantage given by the referee, Emerson put them ahead after half an hour but William levelled for Avaí four minutes after the break after the ball fell to him unmarked in the box. Corinthians were then left shocked when Rafael Coelho put Avaí ahead nine minutes later and they leaders were sunk when a second from Rafael Coelho opened up a two goal lead with eight minutes to go. Jorge Enrique pulled a goal back in injury time but it was too little too late as Avaí held on for only their second win of the season.

Santos have yet to reach double figures in games played yet and remain just above the relegation zone after their fourth defeat of the season at a very damp Arena de Baixada against Atlético-PR. The home side were two up inside ten minutes, Cléber Santana opened the scoring and Manoel's header doubled the lead. Santos immediately got back into the came thanks to a classy finish from Neymar and when Borges levelled just after the hour the comeback was complete. It looked like both sides would have been happy with a point but Marcinho struck in the last minute to give Atlético-PR on their second win of the season. Two promoted sides clashed in Bahia and it was the home side who got the better for Figueirense. Reinaldo put Bahia ahead three minutes before the break and Ávine doubled the lead sixteen minutes from time. Figueirense made it interesting when Wellington Sousa pulled a goal back five minutes from time but Jones ensured a first home win of the season for Bahia with a third in injury time. In a quirk of the fixture list, the other two promoted sides met in Sete Lagoas and it was last season's Série B Champions, Coritiba who took all three points home from América-MG. Marcos Aurélio put Coritiba ahead with just five minutes on the clock and Bill doubled the lead just before the half hour. Kempes pulled a goal back for América-MG ten minutes after the break but a second for Marcos Aurélio twenty minutes from time wrapped things up and a first away win of the season for Coritiba.

Games thick and fast at the moment, with another midweek round to keep the players busy. They line up like this

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

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