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The new Galo signing provided more than a few glimpses of his talent of old as the Alvinegro remained undefeated at the expense of a lacklustre Palmeiras side



Brasileiro: Round 4 Results

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Palmeiras 0-1 Atletico Mineiro

Ronaldinho put in a starkly contrasting performance to that which he so frequently provided for Flamengo as Atletico Mineiro defeated a woeful Palmeiras 1-0 at the Pacaembu.

Hernan Barcos spurned an early chance for the Verdao as he sliced a volley from 12 yards out and it proved to be one of very limited opportunities for his side. Soon after, Jo and Richarlyson went close with efforts from distance but neither managed to work the keeper. Bernard then missed Galo's best chance of the game when he sprung the offside trap but Bruno Cortez stayed big and forced the 19-year-old to shoot wide.

Bernard then atoned for his miss with an excellent cross from the left which Jo headed into the back of the net in the 48th minute. Palmeiras have become so heavily reliant on playmaker Marcos Assuncao and when Giovanni parried two of his well-struck free kicks it was clear it would not be their night. Ronaldinho then came into his own and created two fantastic chances but Jo and Bernard could not add the finishing touches. Assuncao rattled the cross bar twice with two separate free kicks late but Palmeiras could not find a way to level the match.

The three points sees Galo rise to second in the table having picked up 10 points from their opening four fixtures. For Luiz Felipe Scolari however as his side continue disappoint and sit in 19th position.

Flamengo 3-1 Coritiba

Joel Santana promised the Flamengo fans perfection after a dismal start to the year and his side took their first stride towards that with a 3-1 win over Coritiba at the Engenhao.

The Rubro-Negro got off to a flying start and found themselves two goals to the good within 13 minutes. First, Vagner Love caught the Coxa defence flat-footed as he volleyed in from Magal's cross with his first touch. Then, Luiz Antonio broke forwards from midfield and received the ball from Ibson on the overlap which he tucked away at the near post. Coritba reacted well and moments later Ayrton's coruscating run saw him skip into the box but Paulo Victor palmed his effort onto the post. However, they did pull one back in the 24th minute when Emerson nodded in from Lincoln's cross.

Chances were rife for both teams either side of the break but Vagner Love could not extend Mengao's lead and Everton Costa was unable to convert the visitors' best opportunity from inside the six-yard box. Santana's men eventually made sure of the three points when Dario Botinelli bulldozed his way through the defence and the ball broke well for Hernane who slotted home on the spin for a debut goal after signing from Mogi Mirim.

Flamengo move up to sixth place having picked up their first win of the season while Coritiba remain in the bottom half with just three points to their name.

Bahia 1-2 Vasco da Gama

Vasco da Gama continue to make the most of their early elimination from the Copa Libertadores by retaining their 100 per cent record with a 2-1 win over Bahia at the Pituacu.

Juninho Pernambucano fired the Gigante de Colina ahead after just eight minutes with a superbly executed trademark free kick that sailed into the top corner. Vasco continued to be the most threatening of the pair and just after the half hour mark their lead was doubled. After a give-and-go with Alecsandro, Diego Souza steamed away from the defenders before dinking the ball over Marcelo Lomba in a delightful finish.

Having failed to test Fernando Prass with his first attempt, Junior eventually poked the ball on target only to see the keeper parry it away just before the hour mark. Cristovao Borges' side were threatening on the break and had a goal chalked off for offside when Carlos Alberto tapped in against the team he spent part of last season on loan to. Bahia did get a late consolation when Junior capitalised on Prass vacating his net to collect the ball but it was too late to change the outcome of the game.

Vasco remain top of the pile with another win while Bahia remain among the relegation places having failed to win a match so far this season.

Nautico 3-2 Botafogo

Nautico threw away a two-goal lead against Botafogo at the Estadio dos Aflitos but recovered late on to take the game 3-2 with both teams reduced to 10 men.

The Timbu were lively from the off and seized control of the game when veteran striker Araujo slid home in the 17th minute. With just over 30 minutes played it seemed they were destined to pick up their first win of the season as Lucio found the net from Rhayner's cutback but it all soon went down hill. Marcio Azevedo halved the deficit when he finished Lucas' cross from an acute angle three minutes after the restart and Nautico were reduced to 10 men moments later when Marico Rosario received his second yellow card.

The match was tied in the 59th minute when Cesinha inadvertently sent the ball into his own goal from a Botafogo free kick. However, the sides were levelled soon after as goal scorer Marcio was shown a straight red for a challenge on Araujo, and Alexandre Gallo's side made the most of the defensive loss for Fogao. Vitor Junior sold Milton short with his pass to the keeper and Derley nipped in, poking the ball once side of the keeper and running around the other before firing it into the empty net.

It was a crucial first win for Nautico that means they rise out of the relegation zone while Botafogo lose their second consecutive match by the same scoreline.

Best of the Rest

On the day he returned from international duty with Brazil, Lucas Moura played the whole game as Sao Paulo overcame Santos 1-0 at the Morumbi. Portuguesa secured their first win of the season with a goal from an indirect free kick inside the area by Moises completing a 2-0 triumph over Atletico Goianiense. Fluminense and Internacional played out a 0-0 draw in Rio de Janeiro while Figueirense and Ponte Preta also shared the spoils with the same scoreline. Gremio defeated a second-string Corinthians side 2-0 while a Wellington Paulista penalty was enough for Cruzeiro who scraped past Sport Recife 1-0.

Player of the Round

Flamengo have been surrounded by turmoil since the turn of the year but they possess one player who is determined to not let that ruin his displays. Vagner Love has been a consistently impressive performer since his arrival from CSKA Moscow and once again led the way for the Rubro-Negro in their win over Coritiba. His sixth minute strike was his fourth of the season and kept up his record of having scored in every Brasileiro match so far this season. Without a goalscorer of his cailbre they could easily be facing the same problems to that which Palmeiras are currently experiencing.

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