Grêmio stay on course in the Brasileiro
After 16 rounds of the Campeonato Brasileiro, Grêmio remain leaders of the competition after they squeezed past Coritiba 1-0 in the estádio Couto Pereira.
Coritiba old boy, Marcel, got the game’s only goal two minutes into the second period. Grêmio are now top scorers of the tournament and have the tightest defence. This was Coritiba’s first home loss of the season. See the goal here
Cruzeiro’s much-coveted forward, Guilherme, put away two in his team’s 4-2 win over Náutico.
On the subject of gifted players, Vitória have unearthed a gem in the 18-year-old Marquinhos. He was on target as the Bahia team beat strugglers Atlético Paranaense 2-1. The teenager is forming a great partnership with the 36-year-old veteran, Ramon, scorer of Vitória’s winning goal.
Palmeiras moved to 5th after taking all three points against Flamengo thanks to a cracking strike from Sandro Silva in the Palestra Itália.
Last season, Flamengo spent the first-half of the campaign in the relegation zone but finished the season in 3rd. This year they look like doing the reverse. Fla have now gone five games without a win and the run has seen them slip to 4th. Flamengo have just signed Vandinho and Eltinho but the club’s management showed their incompetence by selling off Marcinho, Souza and Renato Augusto before having their substitutes in place.
São Paulo trailed for most of the match away to Figueirense. Ex Morumbi man Tadeu had put Figueirense in front early on. But São Paulo had a bag full of chances and finally got a deserved equaliser through Hugo.
The biggest score of the round came at the São Januário were Vasco humiliated Atlético Mineiro 6-1. Less than an hour after the game, Atlético coach, Alexandre Gallo, was shown the door. See the goals here
Santos remain in the bottom four despite picking up their first away win of the season. Maicon Leite was on target for Santos’ 1-0 win at Internacional. The Porto Alegre club had not been beaten at home in the Brasileiro since September 2007.
Fluminense lost once again. This time they went down 3-1 at Portuguesa despite taking the lead through Conca.
See all the Campeonato Brasileiro round 16 results and the table here
See Wednesday’s goals here