Monday, 15 August 2011

Brasileirão Petrobras - Week 16

São Paulo 2-2 Atlético Paranaense
Cruzeiro 5-0 Avaí
Atlético Goianiense 2-0 Santos
Botafogo 4-2 América Mineiro
Corinthians 2-2 Ceará
Vasco da Gama 1-0 Palmeiras
Figueirense 2-2 Flamengo
Coritiba 3-0 Atlético Mineiro
Grêmio 2-1 Fluminense
Bahia 1-1 Internacional

The Premier Sports TV cameras were at the Morumbi as São Paulo needed a late Rivaldo goal to rob Atlético-PR of all three points. The visitors took the lead with twenty minutes gone when Fransérgio headed home but three minutes later Ilsinho cracked in a superb leveller. Atlético-PR went ahead thirteen minutes from time when Edigar struck but the Atlético-PR were denied victory after that Rivaldo goal in injury time. After a brief resurgence it was back to business for Avaí as they were thumped in Uberlândia by Cruzeiro. Fabrício put Cruzeiro ahead with twenty seven minutes gone and Anselmo Ramon doubled the lead eight minutes later. Avaí had Welton Felipe sent off two minutes from half time after bringing down Wellington Paulista and Walter Montillo converted from the spot. LinkThiago Ribeiro made it four nine minutes from time and Paraguayan striker Jose Ortigoza wrapped things up a minute from time. Santos fell to their seventh defeat of the season when they were beaten at the Serra Dourada by Atlético-GO. Despite having their international stars back on deck Santos were undone twenty minuets from time when Anselmo put Atlético-GO ahead. Substitute Diogo Campos doubled the Atlético-GO lead ten minutes later to give them only their fourth win of the season. The late Saturday game saw Botafogo get a rude awakening as América-MG took a two goal lead inside the opening ten minutes. Alessandro with the América-MG opener with just two minutes gone and Rodriguinho stunned the Engenhão into silence with the second eight minutes later. Elkeson reduced the deficit on the half hour but it took Botafogo until the hour mark to get level when Antônio Carlos struck. Fifteen minutes from time Alex put the Alvinegro ahead and his second from the spot with ten minutes to go wrapped up an uncomfortable night for the hosts.

Corinthians will remain top going into Week 17 but will see it as 2 points dropped at home against Ceará. Paulinho put Corinthians ahead with 24 minutes gone but Osvaldo levelled five minutes later. The team were level for just one minute before Alex put them ahead for a second time and they were just six minutes from victory before Rudnei levelled for Ceará. The Premier Sports TV cameras were at the São Januário as Vasco da Gama closed to within four points of the top of the table after victory over Palmeiras. The only goal of the game came ten minutes from time when Bernardo's 30 yard free kick flew past Deola in the Palmeiras goal. The victory saw Vasco climb above Palmeiras in the table and into a Libertadores spot. Flamengo ensured no change at the top of the table as they also drew, but only after throwing a two goal lead away against Figueirense at the Orlando Scarpelli. Deivid put Flamengo ahead nine minutes before the break and his second five minutes after the break, his eighth of the season, put the Rubro-Negro in complete control. Three minutes later Somália halved the deficit and the comeback was completed twenty minutes from time when Édson Silva levelled matters.

Coritiba's decent home form continued as Atlético-MG slipped back into the relegation zone after a 3-0 defeat. Coritiba's leading scorer, Bill put them ahead just after the half hour and Rafinha doubled the lead from the spot thirteen minutes from time. The third also came from the spot, substitue Leonardo converting this time after Atlético-MG had Serginho Mineiro sent off for the challenge to concede the penalty. Fluminense's title defence is over after they fell to their eight defeat of the season against Grêmio at the Olímpico Monumental. Flu got the opening goal of the game when Fred put them ahead after twenty four minutes but Marquinhos levelled seven minutes later. A second for Marquinhos on the stroke of half time on the stroke of half time and it turned out to be the winner. Internacional remain an outside contender for a Libertadores spot but they won't be happy after dropping two points at Bahia. A sixth goal of the season for Leandro Damião four minutes before the break out Inter ahead and things got better for them on the hour when Bahia had Fabinho sent off. Bahia levelled twelve minutes from time, Inter had Índio sent off for the challenge which conceded the penalty which Jóbson converted.

Midweek round anyone? Why not then and they line up like this

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

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