Monday, 19 September 2011

Brasileirão Petrobras - Week 24

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

Atlético-GO got back into the winning habit when they defeated Atlético-MG at the Serra Dourrada on Saturday night. One goal was enough for the home side and it came from Vítor Júnior on the hour. Vasco da Gama climbed to the top of the table when they thumped Grêmio at the São Januário. Elton set Vasco on their way with just four minutes gone and Diego Souza doubled the lead eleven minutes before the break. A fourth goal of the season for Éder Luís put the game beyond doubt seven minuets after the break and Fágner wrapped things up on the hour with a fourth. The Premier Sports TV cameras were at the Morumbi as São Paulo kept up the heat on Vasco after also recording a 4-0 victory with Ceará being their victims. After Juan opened the scoring three minutes before the break, Ceará had wasted three decent opportunities to take the lead and when Ivan Piris doubled the lead two minutes later the half time score did not reflect the game. Casimiro got the third twenty minutes after the break before Rivaldo's volley, and the goal of the game, seven minutes later wrapped things up.

On Sunday, Fluminense's recent good run was bought to a juddering halt at Bahia. Souza put Bahia ahead with twenty eight minutes gone and an own goal from Gum thirteen minutes into the second half doubled their advantage. The day got worse for Gum twenty minutes from time when he was sent off and he was barely in the tunnel when Souza got his second of the game and a third Bahia goal and give them daylight in the battle to beat the drop. No goals at the Arena de Baixada as Atlético-PR remain deep in relegation trouble after a goal less draw with Figueirense. Atlético-PR are now four points away from safety and will need to pull off a similar escape to 2009 to survive in the top flight. On Sunday the Premier Sports TV cameras saw more red cards than goals as Avaí and Palmeiras finished all square at the Recessada. Avaí got their noses in front with just five minutes gone when Batista put them ahead before the first red card at the midpoint of the half saw Rivaldo of Palmeiras sent off for a second yellow card. The ten men levelled four minutes before the break through Chico but three minutes after the break Palmeiras were reduced to nine when Gerley was sent off. Avaí were reduced to ten men when Rafael Coelho was sent off on the hour but Palmeiras have now gone five games without a win and the pressure is mounting on Felipão.

The biggest game at the weekend was at the Pacaembu when Corinthians failed to reclaim top spot in the table after defeat to bitter rivals Corinthians. After Liédson put Corinthians ahead with twelve minutes gone things were going well for the home side but Henrique levelled for Santos eight minutes before the break. A seventeenth goal of the season for Borges eight minutes before the break put Santos ahead but they suffered a blow thirteen minutes later when Henrique was sent off. Despite being a man short, Santos doubled their lead ten minutes from time when the unfortunate Chicão scored into his own net. It was also derby day at the Engenhão as Flamengo snapped a four game losing run after picking up a point at Botafogo. The Alvinegro were ahead with twenty five minutes gone when Uruguayan talisman Sebastian "El Loco" Abreu put them ahead but Flamengo got themselves back into the game four minutes after the break when Jael got the equaliser. It was also derby day in Sete Lagoas as the Derby Mineiro between Cruzeiro and América-MG finished level. It's back to back draws now for América-MG but leaves them rooted to the foot of the table while Cruzeiro are now five games without victory and in danger of being dragged into the relegation zone. Finally at the Beira-Rio, Internacional got the quickest goal of the weekend when Oscar put them ahead inside sixty seconds against Coritiba. The visitors though claimed a point when Emerson levelled matters two minutes into the second half.

A midweek round to keep the players busy, the biggest game of the round is at the Morumbi as second take on third and the rest line up like this
Fluminensne x Avaí
Coritiba x Cruzeiro
América Mineiro x Santos
Bahia x Atlético Paranaense
São Paulo x Corinthians
Atlético Mineiro x Fluminense
Figueirense x Internacional
Palmeiras x Ceará
Vasco da Gama x Atlético Goianiense
Grêmio x Botafogo

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