Monday, 29 August 2011

Brasileirão Petrobras - Week 19 - Rivalry Week

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

Rivalry week got underway in Curitiba as it finished honours even in the Atletiba. The home side took the lead half way through the first half when Emerson headed home from a corner. Atlético-PR levelled half way through the second half, a free kick from Edílson fooling everybody in the box and ended up in the back of the net to delight the travelling fans. In one of the none derby games, Atlético-GO made it four wins in a row then they came from behind to defeat América-MG. The home side were ahead in the 28th minute, Willian Rocha arriving late and unmarked at the back post to head in. Atlético-GO levelled twenty minutes from time when Juninho's glancing header found the back of the net and his second seven minutes later he beat the offside trap to fire home the winner and his second goal of the game. The Premier Sports TV cameras made the late switch for the Clássico 'Vovô' at the Engenhão as Fluminense's disappointing season continued despite taking the lead ten minutes into the second half thanks to a header from Fred. The lead lasted less than a minute, Elkeson slicing through some poor Flu defending to roll the pall past Diego Cavalieri. Botafogo's winner came eight minutes later as Fluminense were caught on the break and Lucas found the bottom corner of the goal for the winner.

At the Prudentão leaders Corinthians fell to defeat in the Derby Paulista with reports of two Palmeiras fans being shot before the game started in a game moved to Presidente Prudente to avoid this kind of thing. Emerson put Corinthians ahead with eighteen mintues gone when he cross evaded everyone and ended up in the back of the net. Palmeiras levelled nine minutes before the break, the ball falling at the feet of Luan eight yards out and he smashed the ball home. The winner though, was well worth the wait. Fernandão latched onto a Marcos Assunção pass, controlled on the chest before volleying the ball past Júlio César. The Premier Sports TV cameras were at the Vila as São Paulo closed the gap at the top of the table after a draw against a Santos side that is reviving it's season slowly but surely. São Paulo suffered a blow with twenty seven minutes gone when Carlinhos Paraiba was sent off but they took the lead on the stroke of half time, a stunning run from Lucas Silva straight through the Santos defence and kept his cool to finish. Santos rescued a point ten minutes from time, Paulo Henrique Ganso left Rogério Ceni motionless as his shot from the edge of the box flew into the top corner. The Gre-Nal saw newly crowned Recopa Sudamericana winners Internacional fall to defeat against Grêmio. The home side took the lead with sixteen minutes gone when Marquinhos slotted home. The visitors levelled eight minutes later, defender Índio's diving header at the back post beating Victor in the Grêmio goal. Controversy surrounded the awarding of a penalty thirteen minutes from time when the players seemed to run into each other and the referee pointed to the spot. Douglas wasn't about to turn in invitation down as he beat Muriel with the penalty. At the Engenhão on Sunday, the Clássico dos Milhões saw a red card, no goals and personal tragedy for Vasco coach Ricardo Gomes. Flamengo were indebted to Felipe as he made a string of saves to keep them in the game but they were reduced to ten men when Welinton was sent off for a professional foul. The game though was marred when Ricardo Gomes suffered a suspected stroke during the game, he remains in intensive care where his condition is described as serious. The draw for Flamengo leaves then three games without a win and another lost chance to topple Corinthians at the top of the table.

Ceará had a comfortable afternoon at the Castelão as Bahia were sent back with their tails between their legs. Ceará took the lead with sixteen minutes gone when Thiago Humberto's shot spun into the net. Ceará doubled the lead ten minutes from time when they caught Bahia on the break and Felipe Azevedo was unmarked to slot home. The icing on the cake came in injury time, Edmilson's free kick going through the Bahia wall and into the back of the net. In Sete Lagoas, it was Cruzeiro who got the better of the Belo Horizonte Derby when they needed a late goal to snatch victory over Atlético-MG. Argentinian striker Walter Montillo put Cruzeiro ahead with thirteen minutes gone when he latched onto a Wellington Paulista pass. Atlético-MG got themselves back into the game three minutes short of the hour, a thirty yard shot from Fillipe Soutto flew into the top corner. Atlético-MG were three minutes away from a valuable point but were undone three minutes from time when Montillo took his goal tally to doubled figures for the season when his shot from twenty yards out found the bottom corner. Finally bragging right in the Florianópolis Derby went to Avaí as they defeated Figueirense in a classic at the Orlando Scarpelli. The home side took the lead with nineteen minutes gone when Ygor's header somehow found it's way into the back of the net. Avaí were level seven minutes before the break thanks to Lincoln's header but they went into the break behind when goalkeeper Felipe failed to hold a Julio Cesar shot and he followed up to put the ball into the back of the net. Avaí were level again on the hour when William arrived at the back post to slide the ball home and three minutes from time he headed home his second of the game, and seventh of the season, to snatch all three points for Avaí and only their fourth win of the season.

And it's onwards and upwards with a full midweek round as we begin the second half of the season

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

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