Monday, 8 August 2011

Brasileirão Petrobras - Week 15

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

The week opened at the Estádio Candidé as Palmeiras were held to a goalless draw by Grêmio. Palmeiras will be kicking themselves tough as they had much the better chances to win the game, Patrik spoiling a great chance late on to snatch all three points. Meanwhile the Premier Sports TV were treated to late late drama at the Engenhão on Saturday night as the Rubronegro went top of the table after snatching a victory over Coritiba. The visitors set up to take a point back to Curitiba with them but were unlocked in the last minute, a cross from Ronaldinho Gáucho finding Jael who headed past Edson Bastos in the Coritiba goal. In the late Saturday game, Figueirense made it back to back victories as they overcame Atlético-MG in Ipatinga. Elias volleyed the visitors ahead with just eight minutes gone and his piledriver on the stoke of half time doubled the lead. Dudu Cearense headed Atlético-MG back into the game two minutes after the break but the visitors held on for win number six of the season.

Sunday started with Santos getting their season back on track with what could turn out to be a valuable victory over Ceará at the Pacaembu. One goal was enough, Diego in the Bahia goal palming a shot from Neymar into the path of Borges who pounced for his eighth goal of the season. At the Arena de Baixada, the Premier Sports TV cameras saw the spoils shared by Corinthians and Atlético-PR. Cléber Santana put Atlético-PR ahead from the spot eight minutes before the break, but it was his foul that gave Alex the opportunity to level matters from the spot two minutes after the break. That result meant that Corinthians would need to win their catch up game in midweek in order to go back to the top of the table. Fluminense go from bad to worse after they fell to defeat to bottom of the table América-MG in Sete Lagoas. América-MG took the lead with ten minutes gone through the goal of the round from Rodriguinho and doubled their lead when Alessandro converted from the spot eight minutes into the second half. América-MG made the points safe fourteen minutes from time when Marcos Rocha added a third and Fluminense finished with ten me when Gum was sent off fourteen minutes from time. Internacional finally found their legs after their Germany jaunt with victory over Cruzeiro at the Beira Rio. Anselmo Ramon put Cruzeiro ahead with ten minutes gone but Inter were level nine minutes later when Andres D'Alessandro converted from the spot. Andrezinho put Internacional ahead seven minutes before the break and Leandro Damião doubled the advantage seventeen minutes from time. Leandro Guerreiro pulled a goal back for Cruzeiro seven minutes from time but Inter held on for their first win since week 12.

Avaí's recent good run was ended as São Paulo hauled themselves back into title contention with a come from behind victory at the Ressacada. William put Avaí ahead on the hour when he scored for the third consecutive game. But midefielder Cícero levelled for São Paulo five minutes later and his second twenty minutes from time ensured all three points for the visitors and keep them two points behind Flamengo. Bahia climbed away from the relegation zone after pushing Atlético-GO closer to it after a 2-1 victory. Jóbson put Bahia ahead eighteen minutes before half time but two minutes after the break Juninho levelled for Atlético-GO. Bahia won it sixteen minutes from time, Fahel with the vital strike for the home side. Finally, possibly the biggest game of the weekend was the Clásico Alvinegro at the Engenhão at Botafogo and Vasco da Gama met. Vasco were probably the competition form side coming into the fixture but that meant nothing as Botafogo routed their rivals to claim all three points. Antônio Carlos put Botafogo ahead with just ten minutes gone and a double in the space of twelve minutes from Sebastian Abreu had Botafogo three up at half time. Vasco has Diego Souza sent off half way through the second half for a second yellow card and German Herrera wrapped things up with a fourth for Botafogo in injury time.

Eight clubs begin their Copa Nissan Sudamericana campaigns in midweek but the big fixture is the catch up game between Santos and Corinthians on Wednesday night. Week 16 takes place next weekend

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

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