Monday, 17 October 2011

Brasileirão Petrobras - Week 30

Figueirense 2-1 América Mineiro
Ceará 0-1 Flamengo
Palmeiras 1-2 Fluminense
Santos 0-1 Grêmio
Botafogo 2-0 Atlético Paranaense
Internacional 4-2 Avaí
Cruzeiro 0-1 Corinthians
Vasco da Gama 2-0 Atlético Mineiro
Coritiba 0-0 Bahia
Atlético Goianiense 3-0 São Paulo

On Saturday Figueirense more of less guaranteed a second season in the top flight when they came from behind to push América-MG closer to Série B. Rodriguinho put América-MG ahead eight minutes before the break but Julio Cesar levelled half way through the second half. One point was better than none for América-MG but ten minutes from time Julio Cesar picked up his second of the game to give Figueirense all three points. The Premier Sports TV cameras were at the Castelão to see a goal and three red cards as Flamengo kept up their title challenge. The only goal of the game came five minutes before the break courtesy of Deivid's eleventh of the season. The fun began five minutes after the break when Ronaldinho Gáucho was sent off for kicking out and he was followed less than sixty seconds later by Heleno of Ceará in a separate incident. The third red card came in injury time and the home side were reduced to nine when Osvaldo was dismissed. The clocks went forward overnight and on Sunday the Premier Sports TV cameras were at the Candidé as Fluminense remain in the hunt to retain their title after victory over Palmeiras. Fred continued his good form when he put Fluminense ahead with ten minutes gone but Palmeiras got on level terms seventeen minutes from time when Jorge Valdivia converted from the spot. Fluminense were desperate for a win and they got a winner five minutes from time when Fred was left unmarked at the back post to make it a double on the night and five goals in his last two games.

Grêmio brushed aside their recent home troubles when they went to the Vila and returned with all three points from their trip to Santos. A twentieth minute penalty from Damien Escudero was enough to give the Tricolor all three points and more or less guarantees them safety. That can't be said for Santos who are still in danger of the dreaded drop to Série B. Botafogo are also right in the title chase, and if they win their game in hand on Wednesday could go into Week 31 top of the pile, after they disposed of and Atlético-PR side still stuck in the relegation zone. Antônio Carlos put the Alvinegro ahead with seventeen minutes gone and a coolly taken penalty from Sebastian Abreu ten minutes from time wrapped up the points. Avaí will be kicking themselves after giving away a lead at the Beira-Rio against Internacional to stay deep in the relegation zone. Robinho put Avaí ahead with eight minutes gone and they held that lead until eight minutes after the break when Andres D'Alessandro levelled for Inter. When Avaí's leading scorer William converted from the spot with eighteen minutes to go to collect his 13th goal of the season the Florianopólis club were in good holes. But Inter struck back and blew the visitors away with three quick goals, a second of the night from D'Alessandro levelled matters with thirteen minutes left and Kleber put Inter ahead two minutes later. The cruellest blow came seven minutes from time when Nei struck to give Inter a two goal advantage and all three points.

Cruzeiro are still in danger of relegation after Corinthians remained top of the league with a single goal victory in Sete Lagoas. Paulinho got the vital strike for Corinthians half way through the second half but it was tough going for them as Cruzeiro threw the kitchen sink in search of an equaliser to drag them away from the relegation zone. Vasco da Gama kept up the heat on Corinthians, only games won separates them at the moment, after they left Atlético-MG in the last relegation spot with victory at the São Januário. Vasco were ahead inside two minutes through Elton and Fágner doubled the lead with just eighteen minutes gone and Vasco went into cruise control. Atlético-MG finished the game with ten men after Serginho Mineiro was sent off on the hour after a second bookable offence. No goals at the Couto Pereira as Coritiba and Bahia produced a dour game. It's a second straight score less draw for Bahia but they are still having to look over their shoulder at the relegation zone. Finally São Paulo's title charge seems to be over after they were thumped at the Serra Dourada against Atlético-GO. The home side took the lead with twenty six minutes gone through Gilson and they doubled their lead on the hour through Felipe. Anselmo wrapped things up with a third twenty minutes from time to give them the win that more or less guarantees their place in the top flight next year.

This week the final catch up games takes place on Wednesday night.

Santos x Botafogo

Some clubs are in Copa Sudamericana action this midweek but they will be back for Week 31 next weekend and they line up like this

Palmeiras x Figueirense
Fluminense x Atlético Mineiro - Live on Premier Sports TV - Saturday 9pm
Avai x Botafogo
América Mineiro x Grêmio
São Paulo x Coritiba
Internacional x Corinthians - Coverage on Premier Sports TV
Atlético Paranaense x Ceará
Bahia x Vasco da Gama
Flamengo x Santos
Cruzeiro x Atlético Goianiense

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