Palmeiras crush Santos 4-1 and return to top

February 8, 2009 at 21:50 4 comments


Vanderlei Luxemburgo’s Palmeiras swept aside Santos 4-1 in the Palestra Itália on Sunday and maintained their 100% record in the competition.

Palmeiras were in imperious form for most of the first-half and could have taken Santos to the cleaners had they not eased off the pace as the game wore on.

Former Brazil international, Edmilson, opened the scoring after 15 minutes. Keirrison then struck twice. The first was a penalty, which came after the Palmeiras number 9 had dived over a Fábio Costa challenge. The second was a reaction shot after the Santos keeper failed to hold on a strike by Willians. K9, as he is called, has now scored seven for Palmeiras this season. Lenny put away the fourth after rounding Fábio Costa and slotting home from a tight angle. Kléber Pereira scored an excellent header for Santos but that was little consolation for the Vila Belmiro outfit. See the highlights here

The Campeonato Paulista descended into farce on Saturday after torrential rain stopped the Corinthians vs Portuguesa game. Referee Flávio Rodrigues Guerra brought the match to a halt 4 minutes in to the second period with the score at 0x0. The pitch had turned into a bog and then the floodlights failed. So, after consulting the two captains, the referee made the decision to postpone the game. Information was then given out on the stadium’s PA system announcing that the match would be played the following day. But with supporters having already left the arena and the players showered, dressed and ready to board the team coaches, only then did the São Paulo football federation (FPF) send out the order to wait until 7pm and make another pitch inspection. Resuming the fixture on Sunday would have been problematic. Portuguesa were due to play on Tuesday, which meant they would have had insufficient time to recover. The other problem was the big derby on Sunday between Palmeiras and Santos and this would have caused a major headache for the police. Already the recriminations and counter accusations have started with the FPF and the estádio Pacaembu administrators blaming each other for the cock up. One hour and twenty-six minutes after the match had been suspended, it restarted. Christian struck first for Portuguesa. Otacílio Neto came off the bench to get the equaliser. See the highlights here   

São Paulo came away with all the points away at Botafogo. Hernanes struck a beauty for São Paulo’s first. Branquinho responded with an excellent effort to draw the sides level. But then Hernanes then set up Washington for the winner. However, the day ended on a low for the midfielder who was sent off for a second bookable offence. See the goals here

Despite their 0-0 draw away at Mogi Mirim, Barueri remain 4th. Mogi are one of the teams in the bottom four alongside Botafogo, Marilía and Noroeste.

See the rest of the results and the table of the Campeonato Paulista round 6 here

See the rest of the goals here (to follow)



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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Martin  |  February 9, 2009 at 15:47


    I live in the US where GolTV has reacquired the rights to Brazilian league games so this weekend I watched portions of both Corinthians-Portuguesa and Palmeiras-Santos and was pleased to hear you commenting on the games. A job well done, I really enjoyed your commentary work. Until reading this entry, I was wondering what had happened with the 2nd half of Corinthians-Portuguesa, GolTV broadcast the match on a delay so we didn’t have to wait an hour and a half for the 2nd half to start up again but there was a delay and when the broadcast resumed the 2nd half commentary was done by them in house, they did not use you and your partner. There were no such problems, however, for Sunday’s match involving Palmeiras.

    Consideiirng the weather conditions, I thought the play in both games was pretty good and as I wrote in discussing Palmeiras’ Libertadores play I am becoming a fan of this team. I like Palmeiras’ collective play but the play of Keirrison and Cleiton Xavier has been particularly impressive to me. What a pair of great signings. Two questions, I had to leave the broadcast just as Marquinhos entered the game, where do you see him fitting into this Palmeiras team? And I could not tell who made the pass to Lenny for the 4th goal but I thought it was a brilliant feed. Armero cut the ball back to someone who then touched it on to Lenny who did a “Romario swerve” to round the goalie and finish.

    Actually I have a third question too, watching Portuguesa I noticed some well traveled veterans on the team, you mentioned Christian during the broadcast but there also was Cesar Prates and Athirson. Is this the same Athirson who once played for Flamengo and a had brief spells with both Juventus and Bayer Leverkusen in Europe? If it is, he was supposed to be the guy who would replace Roberto Carlos but he never lived up to the promise he showed early in his career.

  • 2. pitacodogringo  |  February 9, 2009 at 17:27

    Hi Martin
    It’s about time that Brazilian football was back on GolTV in the US. Glad you liked the commentary from me and Bira Brasil!!
    We didn’t actually do the second-half of the Corinthians x Portuguesa game! We were told the broadcast was over and that the game would resume on Sunday. I was already home when we learnt the match had resumed – but we wouldn’t have been able to broadcast the remainder of the half after such a long delay anyway. We were expecting some complaints but as far as I’m aware, we haven’t heard anything official from GolTV about Saturday.
    Do you know if GolTV broadcast the Sunday games live? We’re -3 GMT (though that will change next weekend).
    When he gets a bit fitter I can see Marquinhos starting in place of Diego Souza if he doesn’t pull his finger out. Marquinhos could be an alternative to Willians but he’s playing well at the moment.
    Cleiton Xavier made the pass to Lenny – I think I said it was Fabinho Capixaba during the broadcast but it was difficult to see haha!
    Yes, it’s that Athirson! Though his position is officially ‘left wing back’ (lateral esquerdo), we always used to joke that that was the last place you’d find him (especially at his time at Fla). However, I noticed on Saturday, that now he’s a bit older (32), Athirson appears to be more of an orthodox ‘left back’.

  • 3. Martin  |  February 10, 2009 at 23:32

    Thanks for the reply Jon, I thought that was Cleiton Xavier with the pass to Lenny for the 4th goal. Diego Souza may not yet be playing up to his previous standards but with Cleiton Xavier in this form, Diego Souza isn’t needed to provide much. Until two weeks ago I had never seen either Keirrison or Cleiton Xavier play before but they are quickly becoming two of my favorite players to watch.

    You are right that Athirson rarely did bother to defend which probably explains why he never made it big.

    Palmeiras v Santos was shown on delay in the US by GolTV as they broadcast live the 3 South American U-20 games from Venezuela.

  • 4. Greg Cross  |  April 14, 2009 at 08:22

    Hey Jon, long time no hear from you! Bira still emails…!

    Great Blog, good to hear you are still doing commentary – although Channel 4 in the UK hasn’t done Brasilian football for years!

    Stay cool man!


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