Flamengo march on in the Brasileiro
(goals updated) Round 11 of the Campeonato Brasileiro saw Flamengo move five points clear of Grêmio and Cruzeiro after their 3-1 win over neighbours Vasco in the estádio Maracanã.
Caio junior’s team were fortunate to get a dodgy penalty early in the game, which Ibson converted. Fabio Luciano then doubled the score after a defensive mix up. Christian made it 3-0 with a cracking drive that left Tiago with no chance. Alex Teixeira netted for Vasco late on but the result was never in doubt.
Fla have now won 7 of their 11 outings; losing just once to São Paulo. The Rio outfit have also led the championship for 7 rounds. Fla’s last Brasileiro success came back in 1992 and so far this is one of the club’s best campaigns since then.
Cruzeiro had to come back from behind to beat archenemies Atlético Mineiro in the estádio Mineirão. Danilinho had given Atlético the lead. But goals from Thiago Martinelli and Ramires keep Cruzeiro’s title ambitions alive.
Portuguesa went in front away at Grêmio thanks to Rogério. But the home side fought back with Marcel who grabbed a brace to maintain Grêmio’s impressive record in the estádio Olímpico.
São Paulo outplayed Palmeiras to take all 3 points in the Morumbi. Centreback André Dias put his side in front early in the first-half. São Paulo then missed a hatful of chances before substitute Éder Luis made it 2-0 with only his second touch after coming on. Palmeiras’ consolation goal came from Jeci in stoppage time.
Sport dented Náutico’s ambitions coming away with a 2-0 against their rivals in Recife.
Coach Ney Franco got off to a good start when Botafogo went 2 goals up away at Santos. But the Vila Belmiro side bounced back with a brace from substitute Kléber Pereira. Coach Cuca has yet to taste victory since taking control 7 games ago and Santos have now gone 9 without a win.
Fluminense made it two wins in a row after seeing off an in-form Vitória in the estádio Maracanã. Flu had the chance to go in front early when they were awarded a fortunate penalty but Dodô put his effort just wide. The Bahia side then took the lead after an excellent move, which led to a goal from Marquinhos. But then Vágner Mancini’s men sat back allowing Flu to take control and the points after Rafael and Dodô struck home. The result lifted Flu off the bottom for the first time in 7 rounds.
See all the Campeonato Brasileiro round 11 results and the table here
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