Monday, 24 October 2011

Brasileirão Petrobras - Week 31

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

It's now six games without a win for Palmeiras as they crashed to defeat against Figueirense at the Candidé. Figueirense's leading scorer Wellington Nem set them on their way in the tenth minute and Julio Cesar doubled the lead fourteen minutes from time. A goal in injury time from Ricardo Bueno was scant consolation for Palmeiras as Felipão must now worry about his future at the club. The Premier Sports TV cameras were at the Engenhão on Saturday as Fluminense, missing Fred and Rafael Moura, saw their title challenge dented by struggling Atlético-MG. Despite having the lions share of possession the home side went behind after ten minutes when Daniel Carvalho converted from the spot. André made it two from a set piece just before half time and Fluminense were wondering how they were two down. Atlético-MG were happy to hang on to their lead in the second half and as frustration got the better of the home side Leandro Euzébio was sent off eight minutes from time. Botafogo blew their chance to go top of the table for at least 24 hours when they let a lead slip against Avaí. Sebastian Abreu put Botafogo ahead with just nine minutes gone but Robinho levelled on the quarter hour and two minutes later Cleverson put Avaí ahead. Renato got Botafogo back on level terms after the hour but they had Lucas sent off eight minutes from time. Three minutes later Avaí got what could be three vital points in their relegation fight when Robert grabbed a winner to send the home fans home happy.

The final Saturday game in Sete Lagoas saw bottom of the table América-MG come from behind to claim a point against Grêmio. The home side went ahead with ten minutes gone through Thiago Carleto but André Lima got Grêmio level eleven minutes before the break. A second from André Lima put Grêmio ahead seven minutes after the break and they were three minutes from a rare away win until Anderson got the leveller for América-MG. Sunday started with a goal less draw at the Morumbi as São Paulo's title challenge looks to be all but over after Coritiba got the point they came for. It's seven games now since São Paulo put a notch in the W column as Coritiba edge towards safety. Atlético-PR did their relegation fight the power of good as they dragged Ceará into the relegation dog fight after a single goal victory at the Arena de Baixada. Talisman Paulo Baier got the only goal of the game just after the half hour mark to give Atlético-PR hope in their fight against the drop. The result also meant Ceará finished the weekend in the relegation zone. The Premier Sports TV cameras made the trip north to Salvador as Bahia took on title chasing Vasco da Gama. Felipe put Vasco ahead half way through the first half when his looping shot found the back of the net. Bahia had their chances to get level as Vasco began to live on their nerves a little but they secured victory in injury time when Diego Souza got their second to take the top of the table.

Corinthians dropped off the top of the table after they needed a late late goal to snatch a point at the Beira-Rio against Internacional. Corinthians were reduced to ten men four minutes before the break after Alessandro was sent off and Internacional took advantage of the extra man half way through the second half when Nei gave them the lead. Three minutes from time it was ten a side after Argentinian star Andres D'Alessandro was sent off for a second yellow card and then Alex popped with the a dramtic injury time leveller for Corinthians. These teams produced a nine goal thriller back at the Vila in June and there was no repeat at the Engenhão as it finished honours even between Flamengo and Santos. The visitors took the lead three minutes after the break when Neymar converted from the spot after Alan Kardec had been upended in the area. Flamengo levelled thirteen minutes from time when Deivid header from a Júnior Cesar cross went in off the posts. Flamengo are still in the title hunt but are now five points off the pace. Cruzeiro hauled themselves away from the relegation zone when they picked up their first win since week 19 after victory over Atlético-GO in Sete Lagoas. Thiago Feltri put Atlético-GO ahead with just ten minutes gone but Argentinian Ernesto Farias levelled for Cruzeiro four minutes before the break. When Felipe restored the Atlético-GO lead half way through the second half it seemed Cruzeiro's long run with victory was going to continue but two goals in the space of four minutes from Anselmo Ramon put they head for the first time and they held on to claim the victory.

In other news, Portuguesa will return to the top flight for the first time since 2008 after guaranteed promotion after a 3-2 away victory at Americana.

No midweek games as the Copa Sudamericana takes preference so with seven games to go they line up like this

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

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