Friday, 5 August 2011

Brasileirão Petrobras - Week 14

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

Corinthians got back on the horse after their setback at the weekend by overcoming bottom of the table América-MG at the Pacaembu. The Musketeers got off to the perfect start, they were ahead in just 26 seconds when Jorge Henrique arrived at the back post to slot home. América were level with quarter of an hour gone, Kempes rising about two defenders and goalkeeper Renan to head home and give the small band of travelling fans something to cheer about. Corinthians won it half way through the second half, a free kick falling to Paulinho near the penalty spot and he beat Neneca in the América-MG goal. The visitors were then reduced to ten men when Gilson was sent off for arguing over the decision to award the goal. In Porto Alegre, Atlético-MG rescused a point with a late equaliser against Grêmio. All the goals came in the second period, Leandro put Grêmio ahead five minutes after the break but two minutes later a stunner from André levelled things. Grêmio retook the lead from the spot when veteran Fábio Rochemback converted after Miralles has been upended. The home side were two minutes away from victory but Leonardo Silva's bullet header from a corner rescued a point for the Galo. Figueirense picked up their first win in six as they defeated an off colour Botafogo at the Estádio Orlando Scarpelli. The home side took the lead with 18 minutes gone, Jefferson coming and failing to collect a free kick and Édson Silva headed home. The second came from the spot, a controversial call from referee Wagner Reway saw him point to the spot when Julio Cesar looked to have been upended outside the box and he dusted himself down to convert the penalty. The second half saw two red cards, goalscorer Édson Silva went twenty minutes into the half and Maicousel of Botafogo followed in injury time.

Avaí are on a roll after thier big win at weekend and made it back to back wins with a comfortable victory up north at Ceará. The home side were caught on the break with eighteen minutes gone and one of Sunday's heroes William opened the scoring. Ceará has Vincente sent off half way through the second half and another of Sunday's heroes Rafeal Coelho tapped home to make it two nine minutes from time. Avaí put the icing on the cake two minutes into injury time, Cleverson's 30 yarder finding the back of the net to leave the six Avaí fans in attendance happy for the long trip home. Santos are in deep trouble now after they fell a third straight defeat at the São Januário against Vasco da Gama. The home side were ahead with just two minutes gone, Diego Souza unleashing an unstoppable shot from 20 yards out to put the Vasco in front. Vasco went two up with nineteen minutes gone, Dedé just beat Santos keeper Rafael to a Felipe free kick to head home. Santos are now 18th in the table and if they don't buck up face the indignity of Série B football next year. Palmeiras again fell a little further behind in the title race after they came from behind to claim at draw at Coritiba. Jeci put Coritiba ahead with eight minutes gone after Marcos couldn't hold on to the ball but the Big Green levelled with nineteen minutes gone, Marcos Assunção with a trademark freekick. Palmeiras finished with ten men after Thiago Heleno was sent off fourteen minutes from time. Flamengo kept up the pressure on Corinthians at the top of the table after Vanderlei Luxemburgo made a winning return to one of his previous clubs, Cruzeiro, in Sete Lagoas. One goal was enough for Flamengo, Thiago Neves and Ronaldinho Gáucho combining to create the opportunity for Deivid to get his sixth of the season on the stroke of half time.

São Paulo bounced back from their disappointing defeat at weekend against Vasco to keep the pressure on at the top of the table with victory over Ceará. Rogério Ceni put the home side ahead from the spot with 28 minutes gone after his free kick attempted was handled by the wall. São Paulo went two up a minute before the break, Dagoberto with the break and his cheeky chip left Marcelo Lomba in the Bahia goal stranded. Young star Lucas Silva made it three five minutes after the break when he calmly slotted the ball past Lomba but the blight on the victory was the dismissal of Ivan Piris five minutes later. Internacional don't seem to have found their land legs yet since the trip to Germany and Fluminense took advantage at the Engenhão. They took the lead ten minutes into the second half when Souza headed home from a Márcio Rázario cross. Rafael Moura wrapped things up from the spot four minutes from time after Fernando Bob was upended by Wilson Matias, who was promptly sent off after receiving his second yellow card. Atlético-PR are another team full of confidence after a great win at the weekend and Atlético-GO were their victims at the Serra Dourada. Atlético-PR took the lead two minutes before the break when Fabrício Carioca was left unmarked at the back post to head home and he doubled the lead four minutes after the break, his shot too powerful for Marcio in the Atlético-GO to handle. Atlético-PR wrapped things up eleven minutes from time, former Aston Villa and Manchester United player Kléberson with the goal of the night as his piledriver from 25 yards out flew into the back of the net.

Week 15 takes place over the weekend with two games being covered by Premier Sports TV. The standout fixture from the list is the Clássico Alvinegro at the Engenhão.

Palmeias x Grêmio
Flamengo x Coritbia - Coverage on Premier Sports TV
Atlético Mineiro x Figueirense
Santos x Ceará
Internacional x Cruzeiro
Atlético Paranaense x Corinthians - Coverage on Premier Sports TV
América Mineiro x Fluminense
Botafogo x Vasco da Gama
Avaí x São Paulo
Bahia x Atlético Goianiense

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