Flamengo climb above Cruzeiro
After last weekend’s low number of goals, it was business as usual once again for the Campeonato Brasileiro as 30 flew into the back of the net over the weekend.
Round 5 produced an average of three per match – the highest number of the season so far.
Three sides, Flamengo, Atlético Paranaense and São Paulo all managed to hit the target five times.
This was doubly good news for the Morumbi outfit who finally picked up their first win of the new campaign. The 5×1 thrashing of Atlético Mineiro looks convincing but São Paulo had to rely on some great finishing especially from Brazil man Hernanes and centreback André Dias who put away a delightful chip. See the best moments here
Flamengo have displaced Cruzeiro at the top – but only goal difference separates the two sides.
Fla trounced Figueirense 5×0 in the estádio Maracanã. See the best moments here
Cruzeiro though had to rely on a controversial decision by referee Wilson Souza de Mendonça for their only goal. The official ruled that Vasco keeper, Tiago, picked the ball up twice – replays showed he didn’t even pick it up once. Mendonça awarded Cruzeiro an indirect free-kick inside Vasco’s area, which resulted in Charles firing home. See the incident and goal
With five rounds gone, maximum points away from home are still hard to come by. Remarkably, only Cruzeiro, Atlético Paranaense, Náutico and Flamengo have won on the road – though the latter’s win against neighbours Fluminense was actually in the Maracanã.
Despite their big outlay this year, Palmeiras continue to struggle. On Sunday, Vanderlei Luxemburgo’s boys suffered another defeat; this time at the hands of a reserve Sport Recife side.
Three more big names in real trouble are Internacional, Santos and Fluminense.
Manager-less Inter have now lost all three of their away matches after they went down 3×1 at Portuguesa.
Cuca couldn’t have been happy with his start at Santos as he had to endure his new charges losing 1×0 at Vitória.
At least Flu have the excuse of their involvement in the Libertadores, but it was a full-strength team that went down 2×1 away at Grêmio.
See the table and all the Campeonato Brasileiro round 5 results here
See all the goals here