Remaining places in the Paulista to be decided on the final Day

April 5, 2010 at 20:44 Leave a comment

Two from São Paulo, Prudente, Portuguesa and Corinthians will make the finals

Santos and Santo André have already qualified for the playoffs in the Campeonato Paulista. Now, with just one game to go, the fight is on between Grêmio Prudente, São Paulo, Corinthians and Portuguesa.

On Sunday, Prudente pulled off a 3-2 win away at Bragantino to go 3rd on 34 points. A win versus São Caetano on Wednesday will see Prudente in the next phase. A point may be enough if São Paulo and Corinthians slip up.

One place and one point behind are São Paulo who thrashed Botafogo 5-0 in the Morumbi thanks to strikes from Marlos, Rodrigo Souto, Junior César and two from Hernanes. São Paulo face a tricky fixture at Santo André on the final day. A win guarantees their place. A draw may do it if Corinthians and Portuguesa fail to win.

With their focus on the Libertadores, Corinthians have not been taking the Paulista that seriously. On Sunday, a near full-strength side laboured against Ituano until late goals from Jucilei and Ronaldo, saved the day. The Musketeers are now on 32 points and take on Rio Claro who may need a point to secure their first division survival.

On Saturday, Portuguesa saw off Rio Claro 2-0 in the estádio Canindé and in so doing condemned the away team to the second division. Portuguesa are at home to relegation-threatened Ituano.

The playoffs will start at the weekend. 1st will face 4th and 2nd vs. 3rd. Games will be played over two legs and the team with the best combined results goes through. There is no extra time or penalties. So, in the event of two equal results, the team that finished higher in the league phase will go through.

At the bottom Rio Branco, Sertãozinho and Monte Azul have already gone. One from Bragantino, Rio Claro, Ituano, Mirassol or Paulista FC will join them.

See the Campeonato Paulista round 18 table and the rest of the results here

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Corinthians snatch late winner against São Paulo and keep playoff hopes alive Santos and Santo André edge towards a place in the semis of the Paulista

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