The 28-year-old striker continued to stake his claim for a return to the national team after a prolific start to the season, netting his seventh goal in nine league appearances
Brasileiro: Round 14 Results
|Coritiba 0-2 Fluminense
The game began evenly with neither team really dominating proceedings. Flu looked the more likely to score but Wellington Nem and Thiago Neves both saw shots from range saved comfortably by Vanderlei. The former had a beautiful finish disallowed on the half-hour mark as he was adjudged to have controlled a long pass into the area with his arm before slotting past the keeper. Next, it was the turn of the hosts to go close as Diego Cavalieri denied Everton Costa but as the ball rebounded off of Fred, the striker did well to recover and clear the ball off the line.
With both teams threatening, the match remained in the balance. However, that all changed in the 83rd minute when Ayrton received his second yellow card for a needless shirt tug close to the half-way line. Seconds later Fluzao made their advantage pay as a well worked free kick ended with Marcos Junior firing a shot towards goal that took a wicked deflection off defender Pereira and into his own net. Fred wrapped the game up in the 85th minute as he tapped in from Wagner's square pass to complete a manic three minutes in Curitiba.
Abel Braga's side remain in third position but closed the gap on league leaders Atletico Mineiro who did not play at the weekend while Coritiba drop to 14th position.
|Gremio 3-1 Bahia
Gremio continued to keep pace with the teams at the top with sixth win in seven coming against Bahia at the Olimpico.
The Imortal Tricolor took heed of an early warning when Junior missed the target after pouncing on a defensive lapse and soon upped their game. They mainly threatened from set plays before Ze Roberto had a powerful effort from distance saved by Marcelo Lomba and Marcelo Moreno then poked a shot wide after a swift break. Gremio's persistence paid off and they finally got their breakthrough in the 32nd minute when Elano slammed home a penalty after Kleber had been felled in the area. The former Manchester City man could have added another before half time but he tried to be too clever in a two-on-one situation, attempting to chip the keeper from 25 yards out.
Bahia improved after the break and with Marcelo Lomba making two fantastic saves to keep out Elano and Para, it gave the Salvador side the basis to push on for an equaliser. And that is what they got in the 64th minute as Fahel lost his marker to nod home from Mancini's free kick. But they were unable to hold on to the point though as Souza converted from Marquinhos' corner with a near-post header. Former Inter player Mancini was sent off in the aftermath and Marcelo Moreno added gloss to the scoreline with a majestic lob over the keeper in the 93rd minute.
Gremio hold on to fourth spot in the table while Bahia remain the same number of positions from the bottom as their opponents to the top, occupying 17th place.
|Nautico 3-0 Santos
Santos' dismal form without Neymar, Ganso and Rafael continued as they were sunk 3-0 by Nautico at the Estadio dos Aflitos.
The Peixe came into the game off the back of their first win since their star trio left to represent Brazil at the Olympic Games but they failed to maintain consistency. Their lack of a goal threat was obvious throughout and only a fantastic save from Aranha stopped Elicarlos from giving Nautico the lead after 11 minutes. Moments later it looked as though Araujo had succeeded where his team-mate had failed and put his side ahead but his goal was ruled out for an offside decision. Souza was the next to miss a golden opportunity as a kind ricochet fell to his feet in the area but after lifting the ball over Aranha, it kept on going over the bar.
The hosts' relentless attacking football paid dividends early in the second half as although Araujo's shot was saved by the Santos keeper, Patric followed in to stab home the rebound. The Peixe attempted to find an equaliser but their impotency up front only served to create gaps at the back and Kim exploited those completely in the 82nd minute. Having picked up the ball in his own half he weaved between defenders and broke through the line before sliding the ball past Aranha with consummate ease. Kieza then finished the scoring in stoppage time with his fifth goal in as many appearances for the Timbu.
Nautico rise to 11th in the table after taking all three points while Santos, who will be desperate for the return of their international trio, remain one place above the relegation zone in 16th.
|Atletico Goianiense 1-2 Botafogo
Botafogo had to come from behind to defeat Atletico Goianiense at the Serra Dourada, and can they can thank Clarence Seedorf for inspiring their comeback.
The hosts looked far more positive than usual and managed to create an opportunity with just four minutes on the clock. A cross from the right was met by the head of Partic but his effort sailed narrowly over Jefferson's goal. After Elkeson drilled a shot into the side-netting at the other end, Jefferson was fortunate not to hand the Dragao the opening goal as Rafael Marques made a goal-line clearance from Marcos after he made an ill-judged decision to leave his goal. Atletico did manage to go ahead in the 28th minute though and they did so with their own stopper out of goal. After Eron was brought down, keeper Marcio scored his third league goal from the spot despite his Botafogo counterpart making contact the effort.
The Rio de Janeiro outfit redoubled their efforts after the break and they restored parity in the 65th minute. Seedorf netted his first goal since joining the Alvinegro from AC Milan with a sumptuous 20-yard free kick that sailed into the top corner from a central position. Fellype Gabriel then completed the comeback nine minutes later when he headed home at the second time of asking after Marcio had saved his original attempt from a corner.
Three points were desperately needed for Botafogo to stay in the title hunt but Atletico remain second from bottom with just nine points.
|Best of the Rest
Fernandao maintained his unbeaten start as Internacional coach with a 1-0 win away to Palmeiras. Newly-promoted Portuguesa compounded the early-season misery for bottom side Figueirense by defeating them 2-0. Vasco da Gama failed to take top spot this weekend as they drew 0-0 with Copa Libertadores champions Corinthians while Sao Paulo climbed the table thanks to a solitary strike from Ademilson against Sport Recife. After four games without a win, Ponte Preta defeated Cruzeiro 2-1 at the Independencia, closing the gap on the eighth-placed Belo Horizonte club to four points.
|Player of the Round
Botafogo fans were ecstatic when the signing of Clarence Seedorf was announce late in June, and they will no doubt have been delighted with his first goal for the club. With his team behind away to the team in 19th position, the Dutchman used all his experience and composure to fire home an expertly struck free kick to level the game. The goal provided the momentum for the comeback which saw Fogao take all three points and maintain their Copa Libertadores hunt. Coach Oswaldo de Oliveira still needs to find the right balance for his team though or they could struggle against better opposition.