Monday, 3 October 2011

Brasileirão Petrobras - Week 27

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

Palmeiras made it four without defeat at the Candidé when they were held by América-MG but it was a league leading thirteenth draw of the season for them. Palmeiras took the lead on the half hour when Marcos Assuncão free kick found the back of the net. The visitors stunned Palmieras on the stroke of half time when Kempes was left unmarked at the back post and he slotted home. With the Premier Sports TV cameras at the Engenhão, Fluminense are still an outside chance for the title after leaving it late to defeat Santos. Neymar put Santos ahead just after the half hour but Marquino levelled at the second attempt six minutes before the break. Eighteen minutes from time Fluminense took the lead when Rafael Sóbis fired home but ten minutes later they were reduced to ten when Digão's tackle was ruled reckless. It looked like Wilson Rentería's last minute strike had saved a point for Santos but an injury time header from substitue Márcio Rosário won it for the Tricolor. Relegation looms ever larger for Avaí after they threw away a lead to crash to defeat at Bahia. Júnior Pipoca put Bahia ahead nine minute before the break but his own goal two minutes after it levelled matters. Pedro Ken's deflected effort put Avaí ahead six minutes later but Júnior Pipoca levelled matters twelve minutes from time. Two minutes later, Bahia were ahead again when Lulinha was the first to react. The game also finished ten a side as Fabinho of Bahia and the visitor's William were sent off after clashing six minutes from time.

Luis Fabiano's long awaited São Paulo debut ensured the Morumbi was a sell out for the visit of Flamengo but the visitors failed to read the script and left with the three points. São Paulo has Lucas Silva sent off ten minutes after the break and Flamengo took advantage of the extra man when Thiago Neves put them ahead ten minutes later. The game was ten a side six minutes later as Willians was sent off and Dagoberto levelled for São Paulo eleven minutes from time. Flamengo won it six minutes from time when Renato Abreu's shot took a wicked deflection of Carlos Paraíba to leave Rogério Ceni stranded. With the Premier Sports TV cameras at the São Januário, Vasco da Gama were denied the opportunity to stretch their lead at the top of the table when they were twice pegged back by second placed Corinthians. Defender Déde put Vasco ahead with sixteen minutes gone but Alex levelled for Corinthians five minutes later. Vasco were ahead again on the stroke of half time when Fágner broked clear to score. Vasco dominated the second half but were caught on the hop twenty minutes from time when Danilo headed home. Another three red cards in Sete Lagoas as Atlético-MG and Ceará remain in the relegation mixer after a 1-1 draw. Carlos César put Atlético-MG ahead with just twelve minutes gone and they should have doubled their lead but Magno Alves saw his penalty saved by Fernando Henrique. Leandro Chaves got Ceará level against the run of play eight minutes before the break but they then had Michel sent off just before the whistle went. João Marcos was the second Ceará player to be sent off nine minutes after the break and the visitors also had Roger sent off after he'd been substituted.

In Florianópolis there is not much action to report as they game between Figueirense and Coritiba finished goalless. Figueiriense had the better of the chances in the game but both teams stay in mid table with the point earned. Atlético-PR's fight against the drop gathered pace as they defeated Internacional at the Arena de Baixada. After the problems of their last home game Federico Neito gave the home fans something to cheer about when he put them ahead on the hour. When Nieto picked up his second seven minutes from time Atlético-PR could then start celebrating their first win in five. Grêmio's impressive home form continues to keep them out of trouble as they pushed Cruzeiro to the brink of the relegation zone. Defender Rafael Marques put Grêmio ahead with just four minutes gone and the home side doubled their lead four minutes into the second when Argentinian Damien Escudero struck. Title chasing Botafogo suffered a blow in their title hopes when they were blown away by a blistering start by Atlético-GO in the Serra Dourada. Two goals in the opening ten minutes from Felipe was enough to give the home side victory and leave them unbeaten in six games. the defeat leaves Botafogo five points behind Vasco but they do have a game in hand.

Next week's action is as follows

On Wednesday night there is a Week 11 catch up game.
Santos x Grêmio

Week 28 also begins on Wednesday night in Sete Lagoas before a couple of big derbies over the weekend. They line up like this
Cruzeiro x São Paulo
Botafogo x Bahia - LIVE on Premier Sports TV - 10pm Saturday
Coritiba x Grêmio
Américo Mineiro x Atlético Mineiro
Santos x Palmeiras - Coverage on Premier Sports TV
Flamengo x Fluminense
Internacional x Vasco da Gama
Corinthians x Atlético Goianiense
Avaí x Atlético Paranaense
Ceara x Figueirense

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