Monday, 5 September 2011

Brasileirão Petrobras - Week 21

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

A week of shock results in the Brasileirão as being near the top of the league is a recipe for playing rubbish. In Volta Redonda, Atlético-GO's five game winning streak was ended by an incredible Fluminense comeback. Bida put Atlético-GO ahead with ten minutes gone and when Marcio converted from the spot just after the hour they were set up for six in a row. Substitute Rafael Sóbis pulled a goal back seven minutes from time and levelled the game four minutes later. You'd have though the Tricolor would have been happy with a point put they kicked Atléico-GO when they were down and former Goiás striker Rafael Moura got a winner in injury time. After getting out of the relegation zone after the midweek round, Avaí were soon hauled back in it after going down to fellow strugglers Atlético-MG in Sete Lagoas. An own goal from the unfortunate Arlan put Atlético-GO ahead with twenty minutes gone and they wrapped up their back to back wins ten minutes from time courtesy of Daniel Carvalho. The Premier Sports TV cameras were at the Orlando Scarpelli as São Paulo closed the gap at the top of the table after victory over Figueirense. Cícero put São Paulo ahead three minutes before the break but Figueirense were level three minutes after the break when João Paulo struck. The visitors won it on the hour, veteran Rivaldo with the winner that lifted São Paulo into second in the table.

The form of Palmeiras continues to be a worry for Felipão as they collected their ninth draw of the season against Cruzeiro at the Pacaembu. Both goals came in the second half, Luan put Palmeiras ahead with twenty minutes to go but Walter Montillo's eleventh of the season five mintues from time gave Cruzeiro a point. The biggest shock result of the round came at the Engenhão as a Ronaldino Gáucho less Flamengo were thumped by Bahia. Titi put Bahia ahead with twenty two mintues on the clock but Renato Abreu levelled matters six minutes later. The game was level for just four minutes before Dodô restored the Bahia lead and they made sure of the points when Souza doubled their lead on the stroke of half time. Grêmio pushed Atlético-PR further into the relegation more as they cruised to a 4-0 home victory. Argentinian star Damián Escudero put Grêmio ahead with twenty minutes gone and André Lima doubled the lead twelve minutes later. A second of the night on the hour for André Lima made it three and he wrapped up a great night personally by completing his hat-trick from the spot six minutes later.

The Premier Sports TV cameras were at the Couto Pereira in Curitiba on Sunday as the leaders Corinthians fell to defeat at Coritiba. The game wasn't a classic as referee Wilton Pereira Sampaio was dished out four yellow cards in the space of seven first half minutes. Corinthians looked happy to claim a point but were undone seventeen minutes from time when defender Jonas put Coritiba ahead. The introduction of Alex had put some spark into Corinthians and they were twice denied a point by the woodwork. Another surprise result in Sete Lagoas as bottom of the table América-MG claimed only their third win of the season when they thumped Vasco da Gama 4-1. André Dias put América-MG ahead with nineteen minutes gone but two minutes later Vasco captain Juninho Pernambucano levelled matters. América-MG went back ahead three minutes before the break when Kempes converted from the penalty spot. On the hour it was three, Marcos Rocha doubled the América-MG advantage before a second for André Dias put the icing on the cake four minutes from time. Finally at the Castelão it was honours even between Ceará and Internacional. The home side took the lead nine minutes before the break when Washington converted from the penalty spot. Inter were level a minute after the break when Jô got his first goal since arriving at the club from Manchester City.

The game between Santos and Botafogo was postponed due to international call ups by the CBF and will now take place at the Vila on October 19.

International break? Don't think so and we've yet another midweek round and they line up like this with the last game of the week at the Pacaembu on Thursday night the pick of the bunch.

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

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