Monday, 27 June 2011

Corinthians Bring São Paulo Down to Earth With a Bump; Cruzeiro Pick Up First Win

All good things, as they say, come to an end. But rarely in such spectacular fashion. São Paulo, who had won all of their Brasileirão games before this gameweek, came crashing down to earth on Saturday night, getting mauled by bitter rivals Corinthians at the Pacaembu. Elsewhere, there were wins for all four Rio clubs, and Internacional finally showed signs that of emerging from their recent slump.

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It was just one of those nights for São Paulo. The Tricolor, who headed into Sunday's clássico with the best defensive record in the league, imploded following the dismissal of Carlinhos Paraíba, conceding five goals in a manic second half. Liédson ended his goal drought with a smartly-taken hat-trick, whilst Danilo's display in midfield suggested that his nickname - Zidanilo - might not be the cruel joke that many have taken it to be. Even the reliable Rogério Ceni buckled for the visitors, allowing Jorge Henrique's weak effort to slip under his body for the fifth. São Paulo boss Paulo César Carpegiani will be looking to put this freak loss behind him very swiftly indeed.

Danilo opens the score for Corinthians against São Paulo.

Flamengo picked up their first win in a month, putting four past Atlético Mineiro on Saturday. Ronaldinho scored the goal of the game at the Engenhão, rifling home a volley from the edge of the area. R10 proceeded to bow to the Rubro-Negro fans, as if to apologise for his poor recent form. That result signalled the start of a great weekend for the four Rio in Série A. Botafogo continued their strong home form, beating Grêmio 2-1 thanks to goals from Marcelo Mattos and the excellent Elkeson. Fluminense and Vasco, meanwhile, both scraped 1-0 wins away from home; Avaí and Atlético Goianiense their respective victims.

Joel Santana made an instant impact at Cruzeiro, guiding the Raposa to their first win of the campaign against Coritiba. The consistently brilliant Walter Montillo was the star of the show at the Arena do Jacaré, scoring both of his side's goals in a 2-1 victory. Bahia also saw off opposition from Paraná; they brushed Atlético-PR aside with some aplomb, a result which prompted Furacão boss Adílson Batista to tender his resignation. On the north coast, Ceará climbed out of the relegation zone with a 2-0 win over Palmeiras.

Eye of the storm; Adílson Batista resigned following another poor result for Atlético-PR.

Internacional finally look to be putting their poor early-season form behind them; they turned in an excellent display to record a 4-1 victory over high-flying Figueirense. Andrés D'Alessandro set up first half goals for Bolívar and Oscar, before Leandro Damião and Ricardo Goulart sealed the result after the break. Wellington managed a late consolation for Figueirense, but that did little to dampen spirits at the Beira-Rio. Colorado fans will be hoping for more of the same in the coming weeks.

Série A results; Flamengo 4-1 Atlético-MG, Atlético-PR 0-2 Bahia, Cruzeiro 2-1 Coritiba, Corinthians 5-0 São Paulo, Botafogo 2-1 Grêmio, Avaí 0-1 Fluminense, Ceará 2-0 Palmeiras, Internacional 4-1 Figueirense, Atlético-GO 0-1 Vasco.

(Photo credits; (1) Edson Lopes Jr, (2) Felipe Gabriel.)

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  1. Hi Jack - would like to get in touch with you regarding a possible collaboration. Could you drop me a quick line with your email address. Thanks. Jerry Smith (Subside Sports)