Monday, 7 November 2011

Brasileirão Petrobras - Week 33

Botafogo 0-1 Figueirense
Bahia 4-3 São Paulo
Atlético Mineiro 2-0 Grêmio
Santos 2-0 Vasco da Gama
Flamengo 5-1 Cruzeiro
Avaí 1-2 Ceará
América Mineiro 2-1 Corinthians
Palmeiras 0-2 Coritiba
Internacional 1-2 Fluminense
Atlético Paranaense 2-1 Atlético Goianiense

Week 33 and another set of crazy results as the title race hots up in Brazil. None more so at the Engenhão on Sautrday night as in form Figueirense made it twelve without defeat after a sixth minute goal from Julio Cesar was enough to give them victory. Contrast the form of Figueirense to São Paulo who have now gone nine games without a win after throwing away at two goal lead in Salvador against Bahia. Wellington put São Paulo ahead with nine minutes gone but Bahia levelled a minute after the break through Souza. Two minutes later Lucas Silva restored the São Paulo lead and when Cícero made it three on the hour you expected it to be game over. However, Lulinha halved the deficit eight minutes later before Fahel levelled matters seventeen minutes from time. The own goal from Luiz Eduardo seven minutes from time summed things up for São Paulo`s current luck and gave Bahia a vital victory in their relegation fight. Atlético-MG were another team to ease their relegation worried with a comfortable victory over Grêmio in Sete Lagoas depite the 53rd minute sending off of Neto Berola. André had put Atlético-MG ahead four minutes before the break and the ten men doubled their lead fourteen minutes courtesy of Marquinhos.

Sunday saw the Premier Sports TV cameras at the Vila as the title hope of Vasco da Gama suffered a blow as Santos registered a 2-0 victory. Neymar set Santos on their way with just three minutes gone and a twenty third goal of the season for Borges sixteen minutes from time wrapped things up. Flamengo are still in the title hunt after their destruction of Cruzeiro at the Engenhão. It all started well for the relegation threatened visitors when Anselmo Ramon put them ahead half way through the first half but Deivid levelled nine minutes before the break to go ahead of Ronaldinho Gáucho as the clubs leading scorer. A second from Deivid three minutes after the break put Flamengo ahead and a hat-trick in the space of sixteen minutes from Thiago Neves completed the rout. Despite opening the scoring the day finished on a low note for Anselmo Ramon when he was sent off six minutes from time. The big relegation battle in Florianópolis went the way of the visitors as Ceará snapped a four game losing streak to pick up a vital victory at Avaí. Thiago Humberto put Ceará ahead with fifteen minutes gone and Felipe Azevedo doubled the lead twelve minutes after the break. William pulled on back for Avaí on the hour and it seems their three year stay in the top flight is almost over.

With Vasco losing the stage was set for Corinthians to open up a lead at the top of the table but they had not reckoned with an América-MG side fighting for their Série A lives. A Fábio Júnior penalty put América-MG ahead nine minutes before the break but Corinthians also levelled from the spot on the stroke of half time through Chicão. A point was enough toedge Corinthians ahead at the top of the table but Amaral snatched a dramatic América-MG winner three minutes from time. It has been eight week since Palmeiras tasted victory and their tumble down the table continued when they were defeated by Coritiba at Arena Barueri. Davi put Coritiba ahead half way through the first half and Leonardo doubled the lead eleven minutes after the break. Palmeiras finished with then men after João Vitor was sent off twelve minutes from time. Fluminense remain in title contention after victory at the Beira-Rio against Internacional. Rafael Moura put the Tricolor ahead with seventeen minutes gone but Oscar levelled for Inter eight minutes before the break. Rafael Sóbis got the Fluminense winner on the stroke of half time as Inter finished with ten men after the dismissal of Juan nine minutes from time. Atlético-PR continue their fight against the drop after a come from behind victory over Atlético-GO at the Arena de Baixada. Anselmo put Atlético-GO ahead with twenty six minutes gone and it was not until two minutes after the break that the home side levelled through Federico Nieto. The Argentinian star then got the Atlético-PR winner nine minutes later but they remain a point away from safety.

Five games to go as they line up for week 34 in the Brasileirão Petrobras and they line up like this, the big game is the Clásico Alvinegro at the São Januário.

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

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