If Palmeiras thought that they were just going to eat the pie and walk away, they were sorely mistaken. Having lost the away game against Santo André by 2-nil, the Greens have won only one pitiful point out of possible 12 in the last games. And if before the nearest competitors were also not scoring, this round all five teams under the leader won and got really close.
Stopped at 54 points, Palmeiras first saw Diego Tardelli put Atlético Mineiro right behind it with 53, by scoring the goal in the Atlético 1×0 Vitória victory. The argentine D’Alessandro scored a goal right in the begining of Internacional’s derby against Grêmio, in a uncommon mistake of their goalkeeper.
São Paulo went to the Vila Belmiro stadium to face Santos in the classic Derby, and ended up beating this pitiful excuse for a Santos team 3×4, with the final goal by goalie and captain Rogério Ceni, who hadn’t scored a goal in over a year.
Flamengo won against Botafogo (see below) and in a away game, Cruzeiro defeated the apathetic Corinthians of Ronaldo 0x1. Corinthians can’t be relegated or win the tournament anymore, and has already captured a seat at the Libertadores of next year, so it is officially on vacation.
At the bottom of the heap, Botafogo is back to the relegation zone and Santo André, with that win against the leader, is momentarily out of the fire.
The Scores and place in the competition, after this round (reminder, at the end, the 1st is the champion, the first four get a ticket to next year’s Libertadores, and the last four get relegated to the second division, with the first four of the second division being promoted.)
16th Santo André 2×0 Palmeiras 1st
17th Náutico 2×1 Barueri 12th
2nd Atlético-MG 1×0 Vitória 9th
13th Santos 3×4 São Paulo 4th
15th Coritiba 3×2 Atlético-PR 14th
3rd Internacional 1×0 Grêmio 8th
7th Goiás 2×2 Fluminense 20th
11th Corinthians 0x1 Cruzeiro 6th
18th Botafogo 0x1 Flamengo 5th
10th Avaí 2×2 Sport 19th
All the while, in Flamengo…
The game was shit.
In one individual play, Adriano ran over the whole Botafogo’s defense and scored. Fla 1×0 Botafogo.
The rest of the game, Flamengo just let Botafogo attack, but they are shit and our defense was really solid so nothing was going to come out of it. Until the ref invented a penalty against Flamengo (yeah, you can say is just my fan’s heart saying it, but watch the video and you’ll see). Leandro Guerreiro tried, like he has tried for the past three years, and Bruno caught it, like he’s been doing for the past three years.
That’s water under the bridge now. The next round is midweek, we’ll go to the State of São Paulo to face Barueri. With a win and some luck, we could end that round as leaders of the tournament.