Flamengo march on in the Brasileiro

July 13, 2008 at 20:09 5 comments

(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

See all the goals here


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Campeonato Brasileiro preview round 11 Flamengo’s lead cut to two points

5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. JH  |  July 15, 2008 at 06:47

    Very pleased to have found your site. Have just returned from my usual 5 months a year in Rio. So it’s good to see the mighty Flamengo are continuing the good work without my continued physical support. Just positive thinking….”sempre”.

  • 2. pitacodogringo  |  July 16, 2008 at 11:24

    Hi JH

    do you think Flamengo are going to stay the course and actually win the Brasileiro?

  • 3. Sexton Blake  |  July 16, 2008 at 12:31

    Enjoying the blog, Jon: it sounds like you have a brilliant job!

    I particularly enjoyed your post on Hernanes, as it is always fun to hear about the ‘next wave’.

    We keep hearing about the youngsters Dentinho and Lulinha, the ‘next Pato’ (really?), Diogo, and Thiago Neves. Which of these is the real deal? And who is the next player who we’ll be reading about in the tabloids?

  • 4. pitacodogringo  |  July 16, 2008 at 13:19

    Hi Sexton Blake
    as jobs go, it’s ok i suppose haha
    Hernanes is good though i think he’s not having his best season (maybe all the transfer speculation has got to him?)
    Dentinho and Lulinha are talented but are ones for the future – Lulinha in particular, has struggled with all the expectation and has been booed by the Corinthians fans on more than one occasion. they are both a long way off from being the next Pato. Diogo, and Thiago Neves are highly-coveted. Neves has shown he can perform in high profile games but he’s not consistent enough for me. he’s also a serial diver, which is something i abhor. we need to see how Diogo performs at a bigger club before making any judgement on him.
    maybe i’ll do something on ‘ones to watch’ – there are quite a few but just off the top of my head … Guilherme (Cruzeiro), Marquinhos (Vitória), Alex (Internacional), Hugo (Coritiba)

  • 5. Sexton Blake  |  July 17, 2008 at 11:47

    Thanks! A ‘one to watch’ would be great…and I’ve got a sneaking suspicion that the Sun would print it verbatim the next day!

    One of the interesting aspects of Euro 2008 was the releative success of Pepe and Deco – it was hard not to believe that they wouln’t be superior to the vastly overated Lucio and Diego in the Brazilian national side, and I suspect that Arsenal’s Eduardo would be more effective that Vagner Love, Rafael Sorbis or Luis Fabiano; I strongly suspect that in this age of blogs, YouTube and neverending hype that the Brazilians being pushed ‘Next Big Thing’ by the European media are not always the best on offer – I was interested to see this week that Renato Augusto, who has been constantly linked with European giants, has gone to Germany for a relative pittance. Perhaps clubs are learning?


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The man who came up with: Messi carrying Argentina. Neymar carrying Brazil. British Airways carrying England. My name is Jon Cotterill. I am an English football commentator for TV Globo in São Paulo, Brazil. Currently we're broadcasting two live Campeonato Brasileiro or Campeonato Paulista games per week plus our magazine show, Footbrazil to 180 countries. + Eu trabalho como narrador na TV Globo em São Paulo, Brasil. Atualmente, nos transmitimos dois jogos ao vivo do Campeonato Brasileiro ou Campeonato Paulista por semana e nosso programa de futebol semanal, Footbrazil.

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