After eleven rounds. Botafogo has won.
Not just won, but won an away game, against the then second-placed Goiás, 1×3. The biggest upset of the round, this game that gave the Lone Star a glimmer of hope of staying on the A Series, the elite division of the Brasileirão. It was clear that much of Botafogo’s problem was psychological – hopefully this win gives them enough confidence to escaped relegation.
The great beneficiary of this round was first-placed Palmeiras. After starting behind in the away game against Santos, Palmeiras turned it around with the help of Vágner Love and Diego Souza. Final score Santos 1x3Palmeiras, who opened 5 points of advantage over now second-place São Paulo. Internacional, in clear decline, lost another one, and their coach Tite got sacked.Here are the scores:
Náutico 1×2 São Paulo
Santo André 1×0 Vitória
Atlético-MG 2×1 Barueri
Corinthians 1×3 Atlético-PR
Goiás 1×3 Botafogo
Grêmio 3×3 Sport
Santos 1×3 Palmeiras
Avaí 2×2 Cruzeiro
Flamengo 2×0 Fluminense
Coritiba 2×0 Internacional
All the while, in Flamengo…
When things are going good, They seemed to stay good.
Flamengo went its six game in a row without losing or being scored on. On Sunday we buried Fluminense two-nil with two goals from Adriano. It got Flamengo just a little bit closer to the 4th place (the first one to qualify to next year’s Libertadores).
Fluminense, in the other hand, has sunk closer and closer to the second division, trailing in last place with only four victories in 27 games played. For the “elites”, losing the Libertadores at home last year brought them back to the place they never rightfully left – B Series.
Soon I’ll be talking about round 28, played wednesday and thursday.