Stoppage Time – International Football Blog

Brazil: Corinthians leading the way (+video)

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on May 31, 2010

Corinthians are leading the way in the Brasileiro (Brazilian championship) after five games leading by two points from nearest challengers Ceará. The Timão have only dropped two points from their first five games and kept up their near perfect start to the campaign at the weekend with a 4-2 home defeat of São Paulo city rivals Santos FC.

Jorge Henrique gave the home side the lead after just two minutes after tapping home from close range after Santos’ keeper Felipe failed to keep out an earlier effort. Santos restored parity eight minutes into the second half after André shot from just inside the box to guide the ball into the bottom corner but the joy was short-lived as Corinthians went back up the other end almost immediately when Bruno César took advantage of some poor defending to shoot home from short range. From this point on Corinthians began to take charge of the game and extended their lead further after 67 minutes when Ralf created some space for himself to run into and shoot low past Felipe in a well executed individual move. Paulinho made it 4-1 with five minutes to play heading home after a beautifully crafted Corinthians move down the left hand side. Marcel pulled one back for Santos with two minutes to play but the damage was already done and the home side ensured that their unbeaten start to the season remained intact. Watch match highlights HERE:

Little Ceará Sporting Club have started well and trail the league leaders by just two points in the table after their 1-0 home win against Cruzeiro. A solitary strike from Lopes was enough to ensure that the surprise challengers, promoted from Serie B last season, are the only team other than Corinthians to have an unbeaten record after five games having won three and drawn two of their fixtures so far. Rio giants Fluminense have started this campaign well and now lie in third place having disposed of Atlético Mineiro by three goals to one on Sunday. Goals from Gum, Alan and Fred in the final thirty minutes of the game turned it around for the Flu who had trailed from the second minute to a goal from Muriqui. Below Fluminense a whole host of teams were involved in stalemates including fourth place Avaí (0-0 against Vitória), fifth place Botafogo (1-1 v Vasco da Gama), whilst sixth and seventh place clubs Palmeiras and São Paulo were also involved in goalless draws against Grêmio Prudente and Guarani respectively.

At the bottom end of the table poor Atlético Goianiense are the only team in the Brasileiro so far without a win in five games. Things went from bad to worse for them on Sunday when they lost 3-1 at home to local rivals Goiás which gave the away side their first victory of the campaign. A brace from Romerito and a goal on the hour mark from Bernando gave Goiás a come from behind victory after they had trailed to an 11th minute Elias penalty. Watch match highlights HERE:

There are two more rounds to play before the championship takes a break for the FIFA World Cup. The pick of the matches sees league leaders Corinthians face up to Internacional on Matchday 6 and Botafogo on Matchday 7 whilst Ceará will hope to keep up their good run of form against fellow surprise package Avaí FC on Matchday 6. There are a couple of “Clasico” matches to look forward to with Palmeiras facing up to defending Brazilian champions Flamengo, who currently lie a disappointing twelfth in the table, and Cruzeiro playing against Santos FC on Matchday 6. The following round of games sees six-time champions São Paulo play at home to Grêmio Porto Alegre, Santos FC against traditional club and newly promoted Vasco da Gama and Internacional play Palmeiras. The championship will then take a break from June 7th and resume after the FIFA World Cup on July 13th.

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