São Paulo in a slump
Série A’s last remaining 100% record came to an end at the weekend when Cruzeiro drew 1×1 away at Coritiba.
The Foxes also conceded their first goal but remain top of the league level on points but with a better goal-difference than Flamengo.
Fla coach Caio junior saw his team struggle against a Fluminense reserve side. In the end, a Léo Moura penalty decided the issue and Flamengo took maximum points in the Maracanã.
Náutico continue to surprise after they secured another home win to move to third in the table. Botafogo were on the receiving end of a 3×0 beating but it was particularly bad day for André Luís. The centreback got himself sent off, made insulting gestures to the crowd and then got into a brawl with the police inside the stadium. The player now faces criminal charges.
See the fun here.
Round 4 was not a great one for Grêmio who not only missed the chance to go top, they also lost their unbeaten record and their previously rock-solid defence caved in twice against Vasco.
Speaking of bad weekends, current champions São Paulo have still to win a game and are stuck firmly in the relegation zone.
Four matches have produced three draws, a defeat and only two goals.
Sunday’s 0x0 draw against Santos in the Vila Belmiro was dreadful stuff to say the least and the embarrassingly low turnout of just 7000 was still more than the teams deserved.
With morale and confidence low, São Paulo are slowly falling into disarray and Muricy Ramalho’s time at the Morumbi may soon be up.
On Sunday, Abel Braga walked out on Internacional reportedly for a job in the UAE. So, there’s now a vacancy at the estádio Beira-Rio. Ramalho has denied that he has any intention of returning to his ex club. But with São Paulo apparently in terminal decline, this may be as good a time as any for Ramalho to cut and run. As for me, I can’t deny that I would like to see the back of this particular manager. Quite frankly, the football São Paulo are producing is dire and has been for some time. We are scheduled to cover them over the next four weekends and that prospect is less than thrilling.
See the table and results of the Campeonato Brasileiro round 4 here
See all the round 4 goals here
Entry filed under: Campeonato Brasileiro 2008. Tags: André Luis, Botafogo, Brazilian football, Campeonato Brasileiro, coritiba, Cruzeiro, Flamengo, fluminense, Grêmio, muricy ramalho, Náutico, São Paulo, Vasco.