Fish get battered in the Mineirão
Cruzeiro (photo) are now the only team on maximum points after they swept aside Santos (nicknamed the fish) in Belo Horizonte.
Adílson Batista’s team missed chances but still came away with a healthy win in front of their own fans.
The crucial point came at half-time when Santos coach Emerson Leão withdrew Molina for Wescley with the score at 1×1. After that, Santos lost their way and Cruzeiro never looked back.
As well as being the league’s top scorers, Cruzeiro are now just one of two sides yet to concede a goal.
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Flamengo had to do it the hard way in the estádio Maracanã by coming from behind to see off Internacional who have now lost both games away from the estádio Beira-Rio.
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Grêmio are the other side without a goal against them. Last weekend they had a hatful of chances against Flamengo but failed to put any of them away. Against Náutico, Grêmio were more efficient with Brazil centreback, Léo, and Colombian forward, Perea on the score sheet.
Vitória and Sport Recife picked up their first wins at the expense of Figueirense and Fluminense respectively.
But Palmeiras could only manage a point against Portuguesa in the estádio Pacaembu after Alex Mineiro wasted a penalty.
At the wrong end of the table, current champions São Paulo have yet to win. Only a dismal 5,049 bothered to show at the estádio Morumbi in their team’s 1×1 draw with Coritiba. São Paulo will be without Adriano for at least three more games (that’s if he returns) and the signs are that they are set to struggle. So far, Muricy Ramalho’s boys have scored just twice in three outings.
Libertadores semi-finalists, Fluminense, are also in the doldrums but they have their minds on this week’s meeting with Boca Juniors. Dodô could have equalised away at Sport, but had his weak penalty saved.
Sunday though was a milestone for Ipatinga who scored their first ever goal in Série A thanks to Neto Baiano.
The goal average for round 3 of the Campeonato Brasileiro was a creditable 2.6 per match.
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