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Brazil: Round 2

Just a quick round up of the action in the Campeonato Brasileiro round 2 this week. Corinthians continue their 100% record with a 2-1 away win at Gremio Porto Alegre. Gremio were resting a few key names in lieu of a Copa do Brasil semi final 2nd leg in midweek against Santos. Corinthians appear to be extremely hungry for success following their eliminatioon from the Libertadores last month.

Avai missed the chance to join Corinthians at the top when they relinquished a 2-0 first half lead against a 10 man Cruizero. The game ended 2-2 and with both teams with 10 men after the Avai goalkeeper, Ze Carlos, was sent off for giving away the equalising penalty. Wellington Paulista scored both goals for Cruizero who will be the happier side with this result especially after they had also rested players in preparation for the second leg of their all Brazil Libertadores quarter final with Sao Paolo.

Vasco da Gama took on Palmeiras on Sunday night and should have all but buried them. The game was almost entirely a case of attack vs defence with Palmeiras having to create the few chances they did have on the counter attack. The Sao Paolo side didn’t manage to get a shot on target until 10 minutes into the second half. For all their pressure and possession Vasco were unable to effectively penatrate a very organised back four, never stretching them or getting in behind the defenders.

Santos took on north eastern club Ceara, still no sign of Robinho in the National Championships however. Newspaper reports suggest he is being rested, perhaps for the midweek cup semi. His young prodigy, Neymar, was both hero and villain for Santos. He had the balls to score the equalising penalty in an absolutely audacious manner, though touching on the illegal, he dummies twice before chipping the ball into the side opposite the keeper. He had the chance later on in the game to put Santos ahead but this time the keeper didn’t buy it and he dragged the spot kick wide. My only hope is that he isn’t tempted to leave Santos at such a young age. Despite this level of courage/arrogance I think he needs a little more time to give himself the platform to become a true great.

In other leagues…

This goal was scored in Paraguay and deserves special mention for an amazing trajectory. It is scored by a Sol de America player nicknamed Inca. Enjoy…

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