Friday 19 August 2011

Rampant Dragão Condemn Flamengo to First Defeat; Santos Drop into Bottom Four

I'm going to keep things brief this week reader; things to do, people to see, and all that. Normal service will resume on Monday.

Brasileirão Gameweek 17 Round-up
Flamengo's unbeaten Série A record was brought to an abrupt end by Atlético Goianiense on Sunday; the Dragão ran out 4-1 winners at the Engenhão. Diogo Campos netted the goal of the game, tapping home following a delightful Anselmo run. That result allowed Corinthians to consolidate first place in the table, thanks to a dramatic victory over Atlético-MG. Efforts from Dudu Cearense and Guilherme put the Galo in command at the interval, only for Tite's side to mount a spirited comeback in the second period. Emerson and Alex restored parity, before a late Liédson finish sealed all three points for the Timão.

Diogo Campos (left) celebrates his goal for Atlético-GO.

In Fortaleza, Ceará compounded Grêmio's recent misery; the Vozão put three unanswered goals past Victor, who had a night to forget in the visitors' goal. Celso Roth looks to have quite a job on his hands at the Olímpico. Fellow Porto Alegre giants Internacional, meanwhile, snuck a 1-0 win over high-flying Botafogo; Leandro Damião's 7th goal of the season separated the teams at the Beira-Rio. That victory allows the Colorado to leapfrog Figueirense in the standings; the Série A new boys were soundly beaten by reigning champions Fluminense. Rafael 'He-Man' Moura was instrumental in that match; he bagged himself two goals and an assist at the Engenhão.

Santos cannot buy a win for love nor money at the moment; they went down 3-2 to Coritiba on home soil. Brasileirão top scorer Borges twice put the Peixe ahead at the Vila, but then missed a penalty as Marcelo Oliveira's charges clawed their way back into contention. Léo Gago (Leo the Stutterer) slammed home the winning goal three minutes from time. Atlético Paranaense, meanwhile, have finally found their way out of the bottom four; a 2-1 win over Cruzeiro was the latest in a series of promising results for them. Elsewhere, Vasco cruised to 2-0 victory against Avaí, Bahia held Palmeiras at the Canindé, and São Paulo could only manage a point against last placed América-MG.

Série A results; Fluminense 3-0 Figueirense, Avaí 0-2 Vasco, Atlético-PR 2-1 Cruzeiro, Ceará 3-0 Grêmio, Santos 2-3 Coritiba, Internacional 1-0 Botafogo, Atlético-MG 2-3 Corinthians, Palmeiras 1-1 Bahia, Flamengo 1-4 Atlético-GO, América-MG 1-1 São Paulo.

(Photo credit; Cleber Mendes.)

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