Monday, 31 October 2011

Brasileirão Petrobras - Week 32

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

The Premier Sports TV cameras were at the Pacaembu on Saturday night as the Neymar show gave Santos all three points against Atlético-PR. Santos were ahead inside two minutes when Neymar converted from the spot and he had a second controversially ruled out just before the break. They were made to pay six minutes into the second half when Joffre Guerrón levelled for the visitors. Two minutes later a second penalty from Neymar restored the Santos lead and he completed his hat-trick two minutes later. A fourth with twenty minutes to go crowned off a night for the young super star. Botafogo remain in title contention after an edgy and nervy victory over Cruzeiro at the Engenhão. A goal nine minutes after the break from Uruguayan Sebastian Abreu enough to separate the sides. Cruzeiro though are still looking over their shoulders at the relegation zone below them. Fluminense are still in with a shout of retaining their title after coming from behind to win at Ceará. Felipe Azevedo put the home side ahead with seven minutes on the clock but Rafael Sóbis levelled for Fluminense after half an hour. A draw wasn`t really good enough for Flu but a second for Rafael Sóbis on the hour won it for the Tricolor.

With the Premier Sports TV cameras witnessing a goal less draw between Vasco da Gama and São Paulo, Corinthians took full advantage to go back top of the table after victory over Avaí at the Pacaembu. They did it the hard way though after falling behing to a twelfth minute goal from Robinho and suffering the dismissal of Leandro Castan five minutes into the second half. Emerson levelled matters just after the hour and home fans went wild when Liédson put them ahead with twelve minutes to go. The title challenge of Flamengo is almost over after they threw away a two goal in at Grêmio. Deivid put Flamengo ahead with 23 minutes gone and when Thiago Neves doubled the lead eleven minutes later you could think that was job done. André Lima pulled a goal back four minutes before the break and his second levelled matters five minutes into the second half. Dougles capped the Grêmio fightback eleven minutes from time before Argentinian Ezequiel Miralles came off the bench to seal it with a fourth six minutes from time. Figueirense will be in the top flight next year after coming from behind to defeat Bahia. After a score less first half Diones put Bahia ahead nine minutes after the break but they led for less than sixty seconds before Fernandes levelled matters. A second for Fernandes half way through the second half won it for Figueirense.

Palmeiras in grave danger of being sucked into the relegation fight and defeat in Sete Lagoas against Atlético-MG will not help matters. Neto Berola put Atlético-MG ahead eight minutes before the break and Fillipe Soutto doubled the lead on the hour. Then Palmeiras has Maurício Ramos and Chilean Jorge Valdivia sent off within a minute of each other before the nine men got a consolation goal from Luan seven minutes from time. Coritiba hit the 45 point mark and all but secured their place in next years top flight after a 3-1 victory which pushed América-MG closer to the relgation zone. América-MG took the lead through Kempes with sixteen minutes gone but Rafinha levelled for Coritiba three minutes later. Four minute later Davi put Coritiba ahead and they sealed victory five minutes from time when Jeci got the third. Internacional remain dark horses to snatch the last Libertadores spot after they claimed a great victory at the Serra Dourada against Atlético-GO. One goal was enough to win it for Inter and it came on the hour from Kleber. The win leaves Inter two points behind Fluminense who currently lie fourth.

Six games left and still an awful lot to be sorted in the Brasileirão and week 33 takes place next weekend. They line up like this

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

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