Flamengo stay on course as rivals slip up
Flamengo made sure they would stay top for the fifth week in a row after they breezed past Náutico in the estádio Maracanã. The Rio side now have now opened up a five point lead after both Grêmio and Cruzeiro lost away from home.
Early goals from Léo Moura and Marcinho meant that there was going to be no surprise result in the Maracanã. Ex Manchester United player, Kléberson, finished off a fine move to make it 3-0 in the second-half.
Fla have not won the Brasileiro since 1992 but with a quarter of the season now gone, things are looking good for Caio Júnior’s charges.
Cruzeiro showed their limitations once again after losing 1-0 against Sport Recife in the estádio Ilha do Retiro. Marquinhos Paraná’s own goal was enough to settle the affair.
A Roger-less Grêmio also got it wrong away at Botafogo going down to goals from Túlio and Zé Carlos.
Newly-promoted Vitória have taken over the mantle of ‘surprise side’ from Náutico after they picked up their first away win of the season at Portuguesa. Dinei took only nine seconds to score against the São Paulo outfit for the Brasileiro’s second fastest goal ever. The Bahia team then really took control when Marquinhos set up Ramón. Portuguesa’s consolation goal came from Vaguinho.
Palmeiras dropped a place after they were held away by Atlético Mineiro in the estádio Mineirão. Both teams had players missing but it was Atlético that struck early through Eduardo. The team from Belo Horizonte could have killed the game off when Jefferson’s high challenge on Eduardo resulted in a penalty. But Renan’s weak effort was stopped by an in-form Marcos. As Atlético took the foot off the pedal, Palmeiras wrested control and Diego Souza scored a deserved equalizer late in the match.
São Paulo were left with egg on their faces after they could only draw 1-1 with strugglers Ipatinga in the estádio Morumbi. The Tricolor were expecting a hat full of goals against the new boys but the break through did not come until Borges struck 40 minutes in. But Ipatinga’s heads did not drop and with two minutes remaining, Luciano Mandi headed home. In the end São Paulo were fortunate to come away with a point.
Coach Muricy Ramalho put the result down to the fact that players such as Alex Silva, Hernanes, Richarlyson and Miranda were being watched by a number of European scouts and could not focus on the match.
Title hopefuls Internacional has Alex to thank for all the points against Coritiba. The much coveted left-footer scored a hat-trick in the estádio Beira Rio but Inter continue to languish well down the table.
Santos’ poor run of form continued after they went down 1-0 away at Atlético Paranaense. The Vila Belmiro club have now gone 7 games without a win and are stuck firmly in the relegation zone.
But the situation for Fluminense is far worse. Beaten in the finals of the Libertadores on Wednesday, Renato Gaúcho’s men lost their six-pointer against Goiás thanks to Iarley’s 27th minute strike.
Fluminense have taken just three points from nine games and are in dire straits. Unthinkable as it was a couple of weeks ago, if Fluminense fail to win in the upcoming home matches against Atlético Paranaense and Vitória, it could be curtains for Gaúcho.
See the table and all the results for round 9 of the Campeonato Brasileiro here
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