The two Brazilian starlets played together again at the Vila Belmiro, while the relegation struggle heightens as five of the bottom seven earn maximum points
Ganso returned to the starting line-up for the first time after a two-month lay-off and resumed his symbiotic relationship with Neymar as Peixe looked once more like the side that won this year’s Copa Libertadores.
Brasileiro: Round 33 Results
Brasileiro: Round 33 Results
|Santos 2-0 Vasco da Gama
Neymar picked up where he left off, having scored four goals in his previous outing, as he tormented the opposition and fed off of the roaring crowd. He opened the scoring with just three minutes played when his free kick drifted over the heads in the box and into the top corner. In an extremely prolific run, the young striker has netted eight in his last six appearances for Santos.
Twenty-four minutes into the game Diego Souza had a goal disallowed that would have levelled the game as the referee spotted an infringement in the box. With only a single goal still separating the sides in the second half, Ganso played Neymar into space behind the defence. He rounded Fernando Prass before squaring to the better-placed Borges, but there were too many bodies back and Fernando gathered the ball.
He made sure at the next time of asking, however. With 15 minutes remaining the Vasco backline was stretched, Neymar slipped a ball to Borges on the break and he produced an almighty strike that almost ripped through the netting in the goal.
The win means Peixe finally make an appearance in the top half of the table in nonth position whilst Vasco remain as other results went their way.
|Flamengo 5-1 Cruzeiro
When Anselmo Ramon scored his third goal in three games after 23 minutes, Cruzeiro fans could have been forgiven for thinking that their team would now propel themselves to safety. That is not how it happened, though, as they were pulled apart by a rampant Rubro-Negro.
Deivid levelled the scores in the 36th minute when his 30-metre thunderbolt ricocheted off the bar, and the back of Fabio, before reaching the back of the net. And Deivid added his second three minutes after the break with a back post header, which went in via the bar once more.
Six minutes later, Thiago Neves' controlled half-volley flashed across Fabio and into the far corner, sending the Engenhao crowd into delirium. It only took another four minutes to add to the lead when Flamengo exploited Cruzeiro’s shoddy defence and Thiago Neves headed in Leo Moura’s clipped ball for his second.
His hat-trick was complete in the 70th minute when Fabio passed the ball straight to him in the area. Thiago Neves took his time to decide on a finish before elaborately scooping the ball over the keeper and into the goal.
The win brings Fla level with Botafogo in fifth position. It was an absolute shocker of a weekend for Raposa, as the five of the six closest teams in the relegation scrap all earned victories, moving them into the drop-zone, while there are also fears that Walter Montillo may be out for the remainder of the season after limping off in the game.
|Internacional 1-2 Fluminense
Leandro Damiao made an instant difference to the side in his first game at the Beira-Rio following an injury that kept him out for six weeks. However, it was not enough for Inter as they failed to deal with Fluzao’s counter-attacking play and lost a vital clash in the race for Copa Libertadores qualification.
Inter were dominating when, against the run of play, Rafael Moura nodded Fluminense ahead after just 17 minutes. Oscar continued to evade his marker and popped up in dangerous areas to repeatedly test Diego Cavalieri. His persistence paid off when he beat the former Liverpool keeper in the 37th minute, sweeping home from Damiao’s pass.
The Colorado could not capitalise on their greater possession and went in behind again when Rafael Sobis finished deep into first-half stoppage time. After 15 minutes of the second period, Damiao had a great chance to score but he was always stretching and could not divert Andrezinho’s ball into an open net.
Inter rolled the dice to find an equaliser but it left them stretched, and in the 81st minute Juan was dismissed as he chased Sobis. The win moves Fluminense up to third, just two points off top spot, while Internacional lost ground to Figueirense and drop to seventh.
|Bahia 4-3 Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo surrendered the lead twice as Bahia came from behind to take all three points at the Pituacu stadium.
Wellington opened the scoring with a fantastic piece of individual skill, flicking the ball other the heads of two opponents and himself before turning to smash in a volley. Both teams could have added more goals to the match but another did not come until one minute after the restart when Souza drilled a shot past Denis.
Lucas Moura capped an outstanding display with an absolute rocket from 30 metres that flew right into the top corner, giving Marcelo Lomba no chance. When Cicero added the third on the hour mark it looked as though the points were secure, but the Tricolor imploded and allowed Bahia a way back in.
A slip in the area allowed Lulinha to slot home unopposed in the 68th minute, and the game was level five minutes later when Fahel nodded in. The comeback was complete seven minutes from time when Luiz Eduardo turned Nikao’s ball into his own net, handing Bahia their first win in six games.
From being potential title challengers, Sao Paulo now sit in eighth position, five points away from the final Copa Libertadores spot. Bahia have done their survival chances wonders as they now have a safety cushion of five points and sit in 15th place.
|Best of the Rest
Figueirense are now looking to Copa Libertadores qualification after they earned their sixth victory in eight games with a 1-0 victory over title-chasing Botafogo at the Engenhao. A goal in either half saw 10-man Atletico Mineiro overcome Gremio 2-0. Ceara ended a six-game winless streak by beating relegation rivals Avai 2-1 at the Ressacada. Bottom club America Mineiro shocked league-leaders Corinthians with a 2-1 triumph thanks to a tremendous free kick by Amaral in the dying moments. Two goals from Federico Nieto brough Atletico Paranaense back from behind to defeat Atletico Goianiense 2-1.
|Player of the Round|
Thiago Neves' side tore the Cruzeiro defence to shreds as they eased past the Belo Horizonte club to get their Copa Libertadores hopes back on track. They will hope to make his loan move permanent after performances such as this weekend's. He showed tremendous finishing ability as well as great confidence for his third goal. His goals have fired the side to within three points of the league leaders, and a title challenge is now very much back on the cards.