Stoppage Time – International Football Blog

Brazil: Libertadores champs back in hunt for Brasileiro; Review (+video)

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on September 27, 2010

Corinthians started the weekend as league leaders in the Campeonato Brasileiro but ended it in second place. O Timão were involved in a thrilling encounter with this year’s Copa Libertadores (South American Champions League) winners Internacional whose victory allowed Fluminense to leapfrog Corinthians into first place. With three more teams a handful of points behind the leaders the Brazilian championship is still one of the most open in world football and Stoppage Time – International Football Blog looks back at yet another captivating weekend in South America’s most exciting league.

Internacional have had a tough schedule in the Brasileiro since mid-August when they were crowned South America’s best team for the second time. In what was their eleventh league match in thirty-eight days Internacional welcomed league leaders Corinthians to their Estadio Beira-Rio home and it was the home team who went ahead after half an hour thanks to the cool, calm finishing of Tinga. After the break Jorge Henrique equalized with a beautifully curled shot for Corinthians in the 65th minute but it wouldn’t be long before they were behind again, allowing Alecsandro to creep in at the far post after 77 minutes from an Andrés D’Alessandro cross. But just when Inter thought it was afe to assume that the three points were theirs they suffered a setback when Corinthians won a 91st minute penalty kick which was converted by Bruno César. But that didn’t prove the end of the action as Andrezinho remarkably gave Inter the lead yet again with a free-kick goal four minutes into stoppage time to send the home crowd wild and that proved to be the last action of a pulsating match.

WATCH INTERNACIONAL v CORINTHIANS GOALS HERE:

The unfortunate circumstances in which Corinthians lost their game were only compounded by the fact that Fluminense went on to win their game away at Esporte Clube Vitória. Darío Conca’s 56th minute penalty gave O Fluzão the lead only for the home side to equalize six minutes later through Henrique. The disappointment for Fluminense wouldn’t last long, however, as they regained the lead just sixty seconds later after Rodriguinho finished off a beautiful move to score the goal which made the game 2-1 which was how it stayed. Before the weekend Cruzeiro were one of the form teams having won six of their previous seven games but that meant nothing as they went down to a heavy 4-1 reverse at the hands of sixth place Santos FC for whom Neymar, a target for English champions Chelsea FC,  scored the fourth in stoppage time at the end of the game. In contrast to Cruzeiro’s good form Botafogo had only won one game in the last four before they had to settle for a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Atlético Paranaense. Edno’s 22nd minute goal for Botafogo looked like being the winner before a 90th minute equalizer from Joffre Guerrón meant that the home team would drop two more crucial points in the race for the title.

Fluminense lead the way with 48 points from 25 games but they are followed by Corinthians on 47 points and who have a crucial game in hand. Third place Cruzeiro have 44 points from 25 games whilst Internacional climbed up to fourth as they now have 41 points from 24 games. In fifth place lies Botafogo whose recent bad form has seen them drop eight points off the pace as they have 40 points from 25 matches. From now until the end of the season the Brasileiro is one league that you can’t afford to miss.

WATCH VITORIA v FLUMINENSE GOALS HERE:

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