Corinthians snatch late winner against São Paulo and keep playoff hopes alive

March 28, 2010 at 23:51 4 comments

Corinthians still in with a shout of making the semis after a thrilling 4-3 win

A fabulous game in the Pacaembu between Corinthians and São Paulo ended in a 4-3 win for the home side after the Tricolor’s Alex Silva headed into his own net in stoppage time. Elias and ex São Paulo man, Danilo, had given the Musketeers a two-goal lead before Washington and Dentinho were red-carded following a tussle between the two. Jean scored before half-time to put São Paulo back in the game. But shortly after the restart, Rogério Ceni failed to stop a Roberto Carlos free kick and Corinthians looked certain for the points. São Paulo made a game of it after blunders from stand-in keeper Rafael Santos resulted in two quick goals by Rodrigo Souto. The match, though, was decided when substitute Iarley’s off target shot was headed home by São Paulo centreback Alex Silva. See the highlights

With just two games to go in the group stage, the win boosted Corinthians chances of making the semi-finals of the Paulista. But the Parque São Jorge outfit sit in fifth after Grêmio Prudente pulled off an important win against playoff rivals Portuguesa in the estádio Canindé. Portuguesa went ahead with Marco Antonio but Prudente took the points thanks to strikes from Tadeu and Henrique Dias. See the goals

Santos, who are already guaranteed a place in the next phase, stayed top after demolishing second division-bound Monte Azul 5-0 in the Vila Belmiro. Marquinhos and Paulo Henrique Lima grabbed a brace a-piece. Andre Ribeiro weighed in with a penalty. See the goals

Santo André  are also in the semis but their hopes of finishing the first phase as leaders ended when they were beaten 3-2 away at Mogi Mirim.

Palmeiras have no chance of making the semis after they were held 1-1 by Mirassol in the Palestra Italia.

At the bottom, Sertãozinho became the first side to go down following a 3-1 loss to Botafogo who are still in with a chance of progressing to the playoffs. Monte Azul are all but relegated and they are likely to be joined by Rio Branco. But the fight to avoid the remaining relegation slot looks set to go to the last day.

See the Campeonato Paulista round 17 table and the rest of the results here

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Tehno  |  March 29, 2010 at 09:54

    bravo brasil winner for wordsoccer 2010

  • 2. John  |  March 29, 2010 at 11:00

    Roberto Carlos is beggining to play like the old Carlos of real madrid. His crossing is seriously under-rated and his form is improving greatly as each game comes. I hope Carlos can keep this up, i’d love to see him go as 2nd choice LB to South Africa.

  • 3. Wolfie  |  April 9, 2010 at 21:03

    Hi Jon. In Turkish press it says Cristian Baroni of Fenerbahce told the “radio of Corinthians” that he is not happy in Turkey and wants to return to Brazil. Did you see anything confirming this?

    • 4. pitacodogringo  |  April 10, 2010 at 10:21

      i read that he’s unhappy that his salary is being paid late. he also says that he hasn’t fully recovered from a back injury he picked up in March and this is stopping him finding his best form. but he blames Fenerbache for this as he believes that the medical treatment he got at the club only worsened the injury. he also says that he has a long contract with Fenerbache and that he doesn’t expect to leave


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