Thursday, 6 October 2011

Brasileirão Petrobras Week 11 catch-up

Grêmio 1-0 Santos

After a poor start to his Grêmio career after arriving from Olympique de Marseille on loan, Brandão finally got the Tricolor fans on side with the only goal of the game at the Olímpico Monumental in Porto Alegre last night. After being heckled on leaving training on Tuesday, Brandão did himself no favours with just five minutes gone when he wasted a great opportunity to put the home side ahead.

Four minutes later, all was forgotten when Fábio Rochemback released Júlio César and the cross was met by Brandão who headed past Rafael in the Santos goal to put the Tricolor ahead. Santos were without Neymar and missing their spark as a unit and could have fallen further behind if it was not for the wasteful Damian Escudero and Douglas.

Only as the game finally approached half time did Santos begin to threaten the Grêmio goal. Leading scorer Borges and Ibsen both going close for the visitors. After the break Grêmio continued to squander chances to double their lead and were almost made to pay when Alan Kardec was denied by Victor in the Grêmio goal.
It means Muricy Ramalho's men have now lost three on the spin and it leaves them in the depths of mid table with only December's Tokyo trip to prepare for. On the other hand it was a third straight win for Grêmio and it leaves them in a position to make a late charge for a Libertadores spot in 2012. Twelve points now separate tenth places Atlético Goianiense from leaders Vasco da Gama.

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