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League Roundup: Brasileirão Série A [10th Round]

2019.07.16 22:44 Tuukanno League Roundup: Brasileirão Série A [10th Round]

Pos. Club W D L Pts. Form
1 Palmeiras 8 2 0 26 WWWWD
2 Santos 7 2 1 23 DWWWW
3 Flamengo 6 2 2 20 WWDWW
4 Atlético Mineiro 6 1 3 19 LWLDW
5 Internacional 5 1 4 16 DWLWL
6 Botafogo 5 1 4 16 LWWLD
7 Goiás1 5 0 4 15 WLWWL
8 Corinthians1 4 3 2 15 DWWLW
9 São Paulo 3 6 1 14 LDDDD
10 Grêmio 4 2 4 14 WLWWW
11 Bahia 4 2 4 14 WWDLL
12 Athletico Paranaense 4 1 5 13 LWLLW
13 Fortaleza 4 1 5 13 DLLWW
14 Ceará 3 2 5 11 WLDLD
15 Fluminense 2 3 5 9 LLDDD
16 Vasco da Gama 2 3 5 9 DLWWL
17 Cruzeiro 2 3 5 9 LDDLD
18 Chapecoense 2 2 6 8 WLLDL
19 CSA 1 3 6 6 LWLLL
20 Avaí 0 4 6 4 LLDLL
Copa Libertadores Pré-Libertadores Copa Sul-Americana Série B
1: The 7th round match between Corinthians and Goiás was postponed due to CONMEBOL’s Copa América affairs.

Grêmio 2x1 Vasco da Gama

14’: Yago Pikachu (VAS); 60’: Pepê (GRE); 85’: Pepê (GRE).
Helped by VAR controversy, Grêmio’s reserves win battle against Vasco da Gama.
Both teams won their last match before the Copa América break in mid June, another coincidence is that the two wins were by a slim 1x0 result: Grêmio beat Botafogo, while Vasco beat Ceará. Between the four lines, Grêmio dictated the pace despite fielding a weakened team. After an early fuck up from newcomer David Braz, the Gigante da Colina pulled ahead on the score. The first half then went on to become a game of one team, with Imortal pressing while Vasco looked for counters. As is tradition in this year’s Brasileirão, VAR shenanigans entered in action after the cariocas found a second goal right after the second half kick-off. I can’t be 100% objective about it, but what I can tell you is that shit will hit the fan; Vasco’s backroom executives are looking to invalidate the match result because of this incident. Well, Grêmio B didn’t have anything to do with it, and continued trying to salvage the match. The second half proved tough, but after an inspired performance by winger Pepê (touted as the successor to Everton Cebolinha) the gaúchos got all 3 points in the bag. Despite giving up the lead, manager Luxemburgo wasn’t flat out dissatisfied with his team. Vasco sit atop of the relegation zone by a single position, but after starting the championship disastrously this is a sign of relief for the supporters. The vascaínos return to the pitch for the Brasileirão, next saturday. Before returning their focus to the Brasileirão; Grêmio have their return leg against Bahia in the Copa do Brasil quarter-finals, the first match was a 1x1 draw at Porto Alegre.

Fortaleza 2x0 Avaí

43’: Wellington Paulista (FOR); 67’: Wellington Paulista (FOR).
Fortaleza continue to prove their strong home form and brush aside bottom of the table Avaí.
This clash between two clubs from last year’s Série B put ahead teams on completely different pages. Fortaleza and Avaí (respectively 1st and 3rd place on the previous season) may share the bottom half of the Campeonato Brasileiro table, but carry a different momentum so far. The tricolores had a difficult start of campaign much the same as the avaíanos, but racked up points while playing at home; the latter didn’t happen to Avaí as the team remained winless after the tourney’s first 9 matches, picking up mere 4 points. Anyhow Leão do Pici won their last Brasileirão match, a sounding 2x1 win against Cruzeiro; while Leão da Ilha faced defeat, a 2x0 by the hands of Palmeiras. On the side of Avaí, manager Alberto Valentim (ex-Vasco) had his official debut. But the real star on the side line was Rogério Ceni, as the Série B current holders counted with a strong performance from striker Wellington Paulista despite missing key players in the attack department. The avaíanos did have their chances throughout the match, but proved ineffective against Fortaleza’s keeper. Things didn’t look as grim for the northeastern side because of Wellington’s aerial presence, a constant menace for Avaí’s defence. The Copa do Nordeste champions only return to action in the Brasileiro’s 11th round next week, so do the Campeonato Catarinense champions. Both clubs play on Sunday.

São Paulo 1x1 Palmeiras

9’: Pablo (SAO); 70’: Dudu (PAL).
São Paulo first half performance surprises, but proved not enough to bump Palmeiras unworldly Brasileirão run.
Before the Copa América break, São Paulo drew with Atlético Mineiro away from home, this meant Soberano made it 5 consecutive games without a single win in the championship. Palmeiras won (who would’ve thought…) against Avaí in their Brasileiro last round game, and after coming back from the mid season break, Porco won their first leg affair against Internacional in the Copa do Brasil quarter-finals. This tie against the southern team influenced in the leader’s team for the derby against rivals São Paulo, legendary manager Felipão fielded a less strong lineup in light of the return leg against Colorado. The tricolor paulista had nothing to do with it and came out of the gates knocking, proving that the team took advantage of the spare training time with Cuca 一 he only took charge of the team on the brink of the start of this Brasileirão season. After a hard press right from the get go, São Paulo marquee signing for the season Pablo got a much needed goal for his confidence. Unfortunately in the same vein of his early semester, the striker suffered yet another injury, but thankfully it doesn’t look so bad. Even after this set back, Soberano still created dangerous chances in attack, and counted with a Ceni-esque performance by keeper Tiago Volpi at the back. But you know we’re talking about São Paulo in 2019, despite not looking up to par through the match Palmeiras found a bizarre equalizing goal to put things even. Porco remain unbeaten for 33 consecutive Campeonato Brasileiro games, and now return their attention to the away leg against Internacional in the Copa do Brasil. São Paulo only return to the pitch for their match in the next Brasileirão round.

Bahia 0x1 Santos

86’: Carlos Sánchez (SAN).
Bahia fall to a late goal after silly mistake, Santos continue on their chase for top stop.
Esquadrão de Aço entered their Copa América break after a somewhat polemic defeat to Inter in Porto Alegre, while Santástico cruised past rivals Corinthians (despite a single goal) at home. In preparation for their important Copa do Brasil quarter-finals match against Grêmio, Bahia decided to take their supporters to Pituaçu to preserve the pitch on Fonte Nova. The decision didn’t come out of thin air as the team had a solid record on the ground, having not lost a game for 18 consecutive matches. Fortunately for Santos supporters, Sampaoli and crew spoiled the tricolores’ fun. Even though the score line only shows one solitary goal, the match proved a back and forth struggle from two of the more interesting sides in brazilian football thus far. Bahia fans will dread their star strikers Fernandão and Gilberto bad day in front of the home crowd, on the other side of things the midfield of Santos managed to create chance after chance due to an inspired performance by former Uruguay international Carlos Sánchez. But things don’t feel sour to the baianos, their focus on the Copa do Brasil tie showed by the mix of players chosen to play this Brasileiro round. After the return leg for the cup competition, Bahia return to Brasileirão action same as Santos. The paulista club remain on the hunt for rivals Palmeiras to reach pole position in the league.

Flamengo 6x1 Goiás

5’: Arrascaeta (FLA); 11’: Kayke (GOI); 43’: Bruno Henrique (FLA); 45’: Arrascaeta (FLA); 45’+4: Arrascaeta (FLA); 55’: Gabriel Barbosa (FLA); 80’: Gabriel Barbosa (FLA).
Write-up by Yuri-DDP, a user from /futebol Discord chat (adapted).
In Jorge Jesus' Maracanã debut, Arrascaeta shines to bring Flamengo an easy win over Goiás.
Flamengo returned home after a lucky draw against Athletico Paranaense in the Copa do Brasil at their synthetic pitch and hoped for a win in order to build momentum for the second leg, while Goiás had beaten the same Furacão in Brasileirão before the Copa América's pause. This game had a lot of expectation from Flamengo's fans as it was the home debut of veteran right-back Rafinha and portuguese manager Jorge Jesus. The team didn't let the crowd down, with a performance full of intensity and attacking football, Flamengo surely delivered a game expected from a championship contender in this one team match. Arrascaeta, Diego, Éverton Ribeiro, Bruno Henrique and Gabriel played together for the first time and left a good taste for the supporters. A huge difference from Abel Braga's style 一 who used to just sit back and protect a lead 一, Jesus decided to start with the most offensive possible team, starting Trauco and Arão over Renê and Cuellar, which surprised a good amount of people. Now, Flamengo get ready for the second leg game against Athletico in Maracanã, planning to carry the good form to secure the Copa do Brasil semi-final spot. Goiás will try to turn the tables with a win against a relegation contender Avaí.

Cruzeiro 0x0 Botafogo

Shit game, shit result, everything is shit in this Cruzeiro and Botafogo clash.
Getting it out of the way, Cruzeiro came back to action with an absolute thumping against fierce rivals Atlético Mineiro, 3x0 at home for the Copa do Brasil quarter-finals. Returning to Brasileirão affairs: Raposa previous match was a defeat to Fortaleza, continuing their slump in the championship; Botafogo dropped points at home after a defeat to Grêmio’s mostly alternative team, a real damper for Barroca’s team. You don’t need to know much about this clash though, it was a bad one. Awfully bad one. Both teams should leave this match with their heads laying low. Anyhow, Cruzeiro can flip the switch for the cup competition they’re the current holders (back-to-back champions too), another Superclássico against Galo for the Copa do Brasil. On the other side of the ring, Fogão have to pick their spirits up and go on in their Brasileirão campaign, they return to action next week.

Corinthians 1x0 CSA

78’: Vágner Love (COR).
Corinthians grab deserved late goal against CSA.
Before the break, Corinthians previous match was a sore defeat at the hands of rivals Santos, while CSA lost to Flamengo in Brasília. The alagoanos had a new manager in charge after a sacking during the few weeks of the Copa América, this was the first official game ahead of CSA by /soccer favourite brazilian manager Argel Fucks. Despite his little time to mold Azulão, his strong tendencies of physical and defensive brand of football showed throughout the match. Coringão had absolute control of the tie, but kept being denied by loanee keeper Jordi’s good performance. Things looked sore for the paulistas as VAR chose not to intervene in a potential penalty for their side. But by the end, everything turned out alright as veteran Vágner Love plucked a great effort to pull Corinthians ahead. It seems that Carille’s training sessions could bare fruits for Timão, as they presented some variety in the attack department, once a major complaint about his side. Both clubs only return to the pitch in the Brasileirão’s next round, a week from now.

Athletico Paranaense 1x0 Internacional

87’: Vitinho (CAP).
Athletico Paranaense grab late goal to spoil Internacional’s B team efforts.
Both clubs already returned to action, for the Copa do Brasil quarter-finals. Fhuracão couldn’t capitalize on their home advantage and drew 1x1 with Flamengo, while Inter lost 1x0 away to almighty Palmeiras. For the previous round, a disappoint 2x1 result for Athletico against Goiás away from home, and a resounding 3x1 win for Colorado against Bahia at Beira-Rio. Despite putting out an almost complete reserve squad, between the four lines Inter looked not too shabby, even though counting with some saves from star keeper Marcelo Lomba. The paranaenses didn’t rotate as much and thus capitalized on the team’s natural chemistry. The further the game went, the bigger Fhuracão’s dominance grew. Inter still found some dangerous counters, but were having problems at the back lot. After knocking and knocking, Athletico found their winning goal, a good sub from manager Tiago Nunes saw academy project Vitinho score his first Brasileiro goal ever. Colorado couldn’t pluck one back with the few minutes left, and endured yet another away loss. The gaúchos extend their abysmal form away from Beira-Rio in the Brasileirão, now a whole year without winning. Well, the good news is their Copa do Brasil return leg against Palmeiras will be played at sweet sweet home, this midweek. On the other hand, Athletico fly to Rio de Janeiro to face Flamengo in their Copa do Brasil quarter-finals affair. Both teams then return to Brasileirão action on the weekend.

Chapecoense 1x2 Atlético Mineiro

0’: Everaldo (CHA); 80’: Iago Maidana (CAM); 90’+8: Vinícius (CAM).
Despite thunderous start, Chapecoense’s boat sinks to Atlético Mineiro reserves.
The catarinenses previous round endeavours resulted in an uninspired draw against Fluminense, a game where the highlights were the numerous fouls throughout the 90 minutes. Atlético Mineiro, on the other hand, also drew but in a more chaotic affair against São Paulo at home court. We have to talk about the elephant in the room, the reason for Galo reserves getting to see the light of day is solely based on the absolute thrashing the team got against archrivals Cruzeiro in their Copa do Brasil tie. With the return leg in mind, interim manager Rodrigo Santana put out a fully rotated squad to face Chape in Chapecó. Things looked bad to worse for the mineiros, as striker Everaldo plucked the fastest goal in this Brasileirão season, roundabout the 20 to 30 seconds of gametime. The first half was deeply impacted by this super early goal, Chapecoense retracted to their half and explored counters when had the chance; and even though Atlético’s B team tried hard to equalize before half time, the players seemed kinda shaken by the outcome of the early minutes. Come second half and the game entered a stalemate, with Verdão do Oeste fully parking the bus on their side of the pitch and Galo trying effortlessly to salvage the game. You can’t have a Brasileirão 2019 match without VAR being a talking point, you know that right? First things first: Chapecoense claim to have 2 penalties not given, this feeling was accentuated by VAR confirming one in favour of Atlético Mineiro. On the good side of things, youth product Tiepo shined bright and kept their advantage intact. On the bad side of things, Galo’s volume proved too much for the catarinenses defence, who conceded 2 late goals to seal the deal for the mineiros. With this encouraging performance, Atlético Mineiro will face off Cruzeiro again this mid week, for the Copa do Brasil quarter-finals. Chape only return to action next weekend, for the Campeonato Brasileiro.

Fluminense 1x1 Ceará

40’: Pedro (FLU); 45’+3: Tiago Alves (CEA).
On a game of two halves, Fluminense and Ceará draw in the Maracanã.
This round’s closing match put in front of each other two teams struggling for form in the Brasileirão. Flu’s previous round game saw them draw against Chape away from home, making it their 4th consecutive game without a win in the tournament; in similar fashion, Ceará’s away defeat to Vasco marked their 3rd consecutive game winless. Before the Copa América, a big talking point in brazilian media was how managers would make use of the break from the championship. One could say that Diniz’s desired play style requires a fair bit of training to get used to, so the break looked like a gift for the manager. On the other side though, Enderson definitely needed the time to gel his team together, the coach was hired right as the Brasileirão season was knocking on Vozão’s door. Did the extended practice time translate to field results? Kinda. Time de Guerreiros printed their signature style throughout the first half, managing to score on the 40th minute 一 more than that, a relief for tricolores as their sweetheart striker Pedro seems back to his last year’s form. Despite being poor on their attacking moves during the first 45 minutes, Ceará grabbed an equalizing goal right on the brink of half time. The game turned on its head in the second half, Vozão managed to show up and create more dangerous chances against Fluminense, while remaining secure at the back. The cearenses even grabbed a second goal, but it was disallowed by VAR. Pro tip: don’t even bother thinking the decision wasn’t met with harsh remarks by the disadvantaged side. As the match closed out, the cariocas ended up booed by supporters voicing their discontent, the club is still right next to the relegation zone. Anyhow, both teams only return to action for the Brasileirão, the two play on next week’s Saturday.

Golden Boot

Player Club Goals
Gabriel Barbosa 7
Everaldo 6
Bruno Henrique 5
Eduardo Sasha 5
Kayke 5

Next round matches

Saturday (July 20th ): Vasco da Gama x Fluminense at 11AM. Bahia x Cruzeiro at 5PM. Internacional x Grêmio , Ceará x Palmeiras , and CSA x Athletico Paranaense , all at 7PM.
Sunday (July 21st ): Botafogo x Santos at 11AM. Atlético Mineiro x Fortaleza , and Corinthians x Flamengo , both at 4PM. Avaí x Goiás at 7PM.
Monday (July 22nd ): São Paulo x Chapecoense at 8PM.
The highlighted games are considered the ones to watch.
The schedule is in BRT (Brasília Time / Brazil Time).

But why should you check out those matches?

This is an easy one, Internacional x Grêmio is the biggest derby in the country (don’t @ me). The sheer atmosphere of a Grenal clash can be felt from weeks in Rio Grande do Sul state, that’s how important the game is to gaúchos. One major concern for this match in particular is that it looks likely that both clubs won’t field their strongest team possible, in a similar fashion to an earlier clássico during this year. Either way, you can take a peak as this is probably the last Grenal for superstar winger Cebolinha, his duel with one of Brazil’s best keeper Marcelo Lomba should prove interesting enough for a neutral.
Yet another derby, in someway of course. Corinthians x Flamengo puts in front of each other the two clubs with the largest following in Brazil. Between the four lines, it’ll clash two opposing styles of football. Brasileirão 2017 champion manager Fábio Carille is best known for prioritizing a strong defence in his side, a match made in heaven for Corinthians. While multiple times champion manager Jorge Jesus got known in Europe for his very often offensive approach to teams in his command, this characteristic style is a much desired one from Flamengo supporters throughout the whole country. This Clássico das Multidões will see these two managers face to face in Arena Corinthians, an instant attention grabber.

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