Monday, 10 October 2011

Brasileirão Petrobras - Week 28

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

The round actually got underway last Wednesday in Sete Lagoas as Cruzeiro did nothing to help ease their relegation worries despite fighting back to claim a point against São Paulo.  On loan striker Keirrison put Cruzeiro ahead with eleven minutes gone and it took the title chasing visitors until the hour when Cícero levelled. Five minutes later São Paulo were ahead through Dagoberto but Charles levelled for the home side with nineteen minutes left.  When Juan put São Paulo ahead again with fourteen minutes left it looked like it was was the killer goal but Anselmo Ramon levelled again four minute later. The visitors completed the game with ten men when Denílson was sent off in injury time. Saturday started with ten man Bahia coming from behind to claim a point against Botafogo in front of the Premier Sports TV cameras at the Engenhão. Souza put Bahia ahead just before the half hour mark and they were reduced to ten men when Helder was sent off seven minutes before the break. Alex levelled for the Alvinegro ten minutes after the break and Caio put them ahead just two minutes later. But they ten men claimed a point when Souza got his second from then spot with an hour gone. Grêmio's wretched away form continued when they were defeated at Coritiba. Marcos Aurélio put Coritiba ahead with fifteen minutes gone and Jeci wrapped things up for the home side fifteen minutes from time. The final Saturday game saw no goals in the derby between América-MG and Atlético-MG in Sete Lagoas, a result which leaves both teams slumped at the wrong end of the table.

Sunday started with Santos snapping their three game losing run with victory over Palmeiras in a hotly contested derby in front of the Premier Sports TV cameras. One goal at the Vila was enough to separate the big Paulista rivals and it was the leagues leading scorer, Borges with his twentieth goal of the season fifteen minutes from time that was the difference. Flamengo kept themselves in the title hunt and an amazing late rally gave them a derby day victory over Fluminense at the Engenhão. All the goals came in the final half hour and it was Fluminense who opened proceedings through Rafael Sóbis. Thiago Neves levelled for Flamengo eight minutes later but when Manuel Lanzini put the Tricolor ahead again the minutes from time it looked like Fluminense were going to claim bragging rights. A Ronaldinho Gáucho less Flamengo got level four minutes from time when a free kick from Dario Botinelli hit the woodwork and bounced in off former Liverpool goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri for a bizarre own goal and the Argentinian won it in injury time when he converted Léo Moura's cross. Fluminense then had Souza sent off and coach Abel Braga for arguing abour poor decisions. Internacional set the cat amongst the title chasing pigeons when they crushed a below par Vasco da Gama at the Beira-Rio. Argentinain talisman Andres D'Alessandro put Inter ahead four mintues after the break and Índio doubled the lead fourteen minutes from time. Tinga put the icing on the cake for Inter with the third a minute from time.

Corinthians, with Adriano on debut,  were the main beneficiaries of events in Porto Alegre as they went back to the summit of the table after blowing away Atlético-GO with a strong first half performance. Leandro Castan put Corinthians ahead with just eight minutes gone and Willian doubled the lead nine minutes before the break. Alex wrapped things up for Corinthians when he got the third three minutes before the break. Another team with a blisteing first half performance were Avaí as they defeated fellow strugglers Atlético-PR at the Recassada. Lincoln put Avaí ahead with just ten minutes gone and Gian doubled the lead twelve minutes before the break. Rafael Coelho completed the scoring on the stroke of half time when he converted from the spot. Any hope Atlético-PR had of a comeback disappeared up the tunnel with Manoel after this dismissal two minutes into the second half. Up north at the Castelão Figueirense came away with a point despite finishing with nine men against Ceará. Juninho Barbosa put Figueirense ahead six minutes before the break before Wasingington levelled for the home side on the stroke of half time. Maicon was the first Figueirense player to be sent off just after the hour and he was followed by Bruno Vieira twenty minutes from time.

Full midweek round ahead and just ten games left in the season as it promises to be as close as ever in the Brasileirão. They line up like this

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

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