Monday, 22 August 2011

Brasileirão Petrobras - Week 18

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

The Premier Sports TV cameras were at the Pacaembu as the week opened with a shock in for Figueirense at leaders Corinthians. The visitors were full value for their victory and they took the lead ten minutes before half time through striker Wellington Nem. Corinthians couldn't find a way through some stubborn Figueirense defending and the visitors wrapped it up in injury time when Wilson Pittoni rolled the ball into an empty net. Botafogo made it three wins in the last five when they defeated Atlético-MG at the Engenhão. Elkeson set the home side on their way with a quarter of an hour gone and Felipe Menezes doubled the lead eleven minutes before the break. A second for Felipe Menezes nine minutes after break made it three but Atlético-MG finished the game with a consolation from André in injury time. In Uberlândia, Cruzeiro leapfrogged over Ceará in the table after claiming victory courtesy of a Walter Montillo penalty with nineteen minutes left in the game. The spot kick was awarded after Ceará right back Ânderson Luis upended Wellington Paulista in the box.

The Premier Sports TV cameras were at the Beira-Rio on Sunday when Flamengo had the chance to take advantage of Corinthians' slip up against Internacional. Flamengo took the lead courtesy of a Ronaldinho Gáucho free kick with twenty five minutes gone. Inter suffered a blow on the stroke of half time when Pablo Guiñazú was sent off for a second yellow but the levelled five minutes after the break when defender Índio headed home. Jael restored the Flamengo lead when he got his second goal of the week ten minutes later but Flamengo were denied victory when Leandro Damião's bicycle kick levelled matters thirteen mintues from time. No goals at the Recassada as Avaí pulled further away from the bottom of the table as Coritiba's two game wining run came to and end. Atlético-GO capped off a great week in which they picked up back to back victories after success over Grêmio at the Serra Dourada. Grêmio had Rafael Marques sent off thirteen minutes from time and the visitors were moments from snatching a point when Diogo Campos got the winner. It was derby day at the Morumbi as São Paulo and Palmeiras went head to head. Dagoberto put São Paulo ahead three mintues before the break when he beat a defender and chipping over the advancing Marcos. Palmeiras levelled when Henrique headed home a Marcos Assunção free kick just after the hour.

It was also derby day at the Engenhão as Fluminense finally managed to draw a game at the 18th attempt when they held high flying Vasco da Gama. Vasco captain Juninho Pernambucano put the home side ahead from the spot nine minutes before the break after a foul by Márcio Rozário. Fluminense levelled when Rafael Moura followed up his double strike in midweek with his seventh goal of the season on the hour. In a battle of two teams in the relegation zone at the Arena de Baixada Atlético-PR were left kicking themselves when they threw away a two goal lead against bottom of the table América-MG. Atlético-PR were ahead in the opening minutes when Marcinho put them ahead and Edigar doubled the lead with twenty four minutes gone. Three minutes later Kempes halved the deficit for América-MG and they claimed a point half way through the second half whey André Dias levelled matters. Finally Santos hauled themselves out of the relegation zone when they won away from home at Bahia. Neymar put the Libertadores holders ahead with a third minute penalty but Bahia levelled on the half hour through Júnior Pipoca. Santos managed to get a vital victory nine minutes from time when Alan Kardec put them ahead for a second time and lift them to fifteenth in the table.

First of all there is a catch up game on Wednesday night at the Vila Belmiro as Santos take on Fluminense.

Next week we hit the half way stage of the season with Week 19 or "Rivalry Week" as we've christened it.

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

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