Brasileirao 2010: The Best Of Round 28

With ten games to go in the Brasileirao there is nothing to choose between the top teams, after Cruzeiro took advantage of slips from Fluminense and Corinthians...
Fluminense 0-3 Santos

In a game billed as the battle between recently returned Flu striker Fred and Santos counterpart Neymar, it was a different centre forward who stepped up to put a dent in the home team's title aspirations. Ze Eduardo hit a marvellous hat-trick for the 'Peixe' to down the league leaders, who remain top by the thinnest of margins.

The 22-year-old opened the scoring 11 minutes into the second half, converting with an improvised bicycle kick after Marquinhos had struck the bar. The striker then went on to turn marker Leandro Euzebio and smash the ball home for a second with 15 minutes left, the ball flying in off the same crossbar for a great goal.

Fluminense were off the pace throughout, and not even the entry of inspirational captain Fred in the second half for the disappointing Washington helped lift the malaise. The forward had been out of the team for two-and-a-half months, and the 'Tricolor' will need his leadership and goalscoring experience as they enter the final straight of the Brazilian season.

With only minutes remaining and the game looking confirmed, Santos and Ze Eduardo put the seal on a perfect away night in Rio de Janeiro. Alex Sandro did brilliantly down the wing and crossed into the area, and it was only going to fall to one person as Eduardo slotted in his seventh goal of the season. The 'Peixe' now find themselves in seventh place, and could reach the top four if they gain full points from their game in hand.

Atletico Mineiro 2-1 Corinthians

While Santos were winning in Rio, up in Belo Horizonte their former coach Dorival Junior was continuing his quest to save Atletico from relegation with a second straight Galo victory. Corinthians meanwhile slip down to third in the table, but could still go level with Fluminense if they win their game in hand.

Things were looking bleak for Dorival's team when just before half-time Corinthians took the lead thanks to Paulinho. Galo goalkeeper Renan failed to deal with an Alessandro cross, and the 'Timao' midfielder swooped to open the scoring, leaving the home side to trudge off with 'to the B, to the B' ringing in their ears from the away end.

The second half saw the bizarre occurrence of a substitute being sent off, Atletico replacement Fernandinho expelled for arguing with the fourth official with too much gusto. Meanwhile the home side were getting back into the game, and a perfectly placed corner found the head of defender Werley to level the game. It was to be another dead ball which secured all three points; Serginho's free kick was headed in by Ze Luis with 10 minutes left to complete the home comeback.

The win puts Atletico within two points of safety, although they face a tough clash at the weekend against Copa Libertadores champions Internacional.

Goias 0-1 Cruzeiro

While their title rivals were faltering Cruzeiro continued to go from strength to strength, and last night's tight victory over Guarani breaks the long stranglehold Corinthians and Fluminense had over the top two spaces in this year's Serie A. The 'Raposa' have lost just once in the last 13 games, and are now just one point behind Fluminense at the summit. 

The Belo Horizonte side knew that a win would put them in the championship mix after their title rivals had lost earlier in the round, but coach Jorginho preached caution: lining up with an unusual 3-6-1 formation and favouring possession play in the middle. Relegation-threatened Goias were the ones who pressed for goals early on, seeing their chances of survival limited by Atletico Mineiro's unlikely win.

With Goias lacking the talent and confidence to break through the away defence however, the game was a cagey, subdued affair throughout. The only goal came 10 minutes into the second half. Cruzeiro's Argentine playmaker Montillo broke through and crossed from the right, and in his attempt to clear it midfielder Jonilson could only watch in horror as he defeated his own 'keeper to score an own goal.

With no further advance on the scoreline Cruzeiro went home with all three points, and this Sunday will face Fluminense in a true championship six-pointer. Goias meanwhile find themselves four points away from safety, making this Sunday's clash with Vitoria a must-win.

Full Results Of Round 28

06/10

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19:30

 Fluminense 

0 - 3

 Santos

06/10

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19:30

 Guarani 

1 - 1

 Botafogo

06/10

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19:30

 Gremio 

4 - 0

 Gremio Prudente

06/10

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21:50

 Sao Paulo 

2 - 0

 Vitoria

06/10

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22:00

 Atletico-MG 

2 - 1

 Corinthians

06/10

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22:00

 Ceara

1 - 0

 Internacional

06/10

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22:00

 Atlético-PR 

0 - 0

 Vasco

07/10

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21:00

 Goias 

0 - 1

 Cruzeiro

07/10

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21:00

 Palmeiras 

4 - 1

 Avai

07/10

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21:00

 Flamengo 

2 - 0

 Atletico-GO


Player Of The Round



Ze Eduardo, Santos:
The 22-year-old striker was starved of chances for much of the year, but with the exits of Robinho and Andre up front is finally getting a chance to prove himself. Eduardo hit a great second half hat-trick for Santos and is the Player of the Round.


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