Friday, 23 September 2011

Brasileirão Petrobras - Week 25

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

After a blip at weekend Fluminense got back to winning ways when they defeated Avaí at the Engenhão. Fred set the Tricolor on their way with the opener in the fifth minutes but William got Avaí level three minutes later. A second for Fred ten minutes before the break restored the Fluminense lead and substitute Alejandro Martinuccio secure the points with a third twelve minutes from time. Cruzeiro are now without and win in six and their slide towards the relegation zone continued when they were defeated at Coritiba. Marcos Aurélio put Coritiba ahead half way through the first half and Bill doubled the lead on the hour. Bobô pulled one back for Cruzeiro but the home side held on for their tenth win of the season. Santos made it four straight victories when they overcame América-MG in Uberlândia. An eighteenth goal of the season on the hour for Borges, extending his lead at top of the scoring chart, opened the scoring for Santos but Kempes got América-MG level eight minutes later. The teams were level again for ten minutes before Santos captain Edu Dracena got the winner to lift the Piexe into the top half of the table for the first time since their Libertadores success.

Bahia pushed Atlético-PR deeper into the relegation mire while giving themselves more breathing space after victory in Salvador. One goal was enough for Bahia and Junior Pipoca was the here when he struck fifteen minutes from time. Flamengo's poor run of form continued as they were held to yet another draw, this time against Atlético-MG in Sete Lagoas. The home side took the lead four minutes after the break when Daniel Carvalho struck but Flamengo captain Ronaldinho Gáucho came to the rescue of the Rubro-Negro just after the hour mark. Atlético-MG had Serginho Mineiro sent off two minutes from time but they held on for what could be a valuable point in their relegation battle. Internacional had to fight back to claim a point from their trip to Florianópolis against Figueirense. The home side took the lead six minutes before half time courtesy of Ygor. Inter levelled six minutes after the break when former Manchester City and Everton player Jô got his second goal since arriving at the club. The big clash at the Morumbi between São Paulo and Corinthians turned into a damp squib as the game finished score less. The result briefly returned São Paulo to the top of the table overnight and left Corinthians without a win in three.

Thursday night saw Palmeiras pick up their first win in six games when they scraped past Ceará at the Candidé. One goal was enough for the Big Green and despite the official Palmeiras Facebook updates awarding the goal to Luan the goal was eventually credited as an own goal by Thiago Matias. Despite their poor run Palmeiras are still in a postition for a late charge into a Libertadores position come December. Vasco da Gama ended São Paulo's overnight stay at the top of the table when they came from behind to claim a point against inform Atlético-GO at the São Januário. The home side were stunned when an eight of the season from Anselmo put Atlético-GO ahead half way through the first half. That was enough to wake the home side up and they were level ten minutes later courtesy of Diego Souza to extend their unbeaten run to four games. Botafogo jumped above Corinthians and into third when they became on the second visiting side to take the points away from the Olímpico Monumental in Porto Alegre. Grêmio are heavily reliant on their home form, 22 of their 30 points have come at home this season, but they will be ruing a performance which saw them fall to defeat thanks to a Sebastian Abreu goal twenty minutes into the second half. Despite being written off in a few quarters before the season Botafogo are proving the pundits wrong.

Week 25 takes place this weekend and they line up like this

Atlético Paranaense x Fluminense
Santos x Figueirense
Flamengo x América Mineiro - Live on Premier Sports TV - Saturday 10pm
Corinthians x Bahia
Botafogo x São Paulo - Deferred coverage on Premier Sports TV - Sunday 11.30pm
Internacional x Atlético Mineiro
Cruzeiro x Vasco da Gama
Avaí x Grêmio
Atlético Goianiense x Palmeiras
Ceará x Coritiba

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1 comment:

Luciano said...

Hopefully a helpful comment, if I may: please change the colour scheme. Reading text on a blue background and then going back to a white background will hurt one's eyes.

All the best.