Brazil - Brasileirão 2019: the ride of Santos
The thirteenth day of Brasileirão opened with a magnificent Ceará - Fortaleza, a classic that had not been seen in Serie A since 1993. The two torcidas were exceptional, with magnificent tifos at the entrance of the players and the show was also on the field, Ceará leading 2-0 after only seventeen minutes of play. Despite the reduction of Fortaleza's score on a disputed penalty at the end of the first half, it was Ceará who walks away with the three points. At the same time, Fluminense won in front of the Internacional, a first since 2012! With a new scorer Yony González, Fluminense is enjoying a breath of fresh air after seven games without a win, even leaving the Z-4.
Sunday’s 11 am game in Brazil doesn’t always offer a big show. This weekend, Santos delivered a top flight, as evidenced by the opener on a volley by Carlos Sánchez after a good job from Soteldo on the left side. The two men were going to wear an Imperial Peixe collectively, leading 3-0 at the break and all the holders of which struck at least once on goal! The two central defenders Lucas Veríssimo and Gustavo Henrique both had a goal and then Soteldo continued his festival in the second half with a double. Goiás saved the honor at the end of the game but it was still the club's second 6-1, three weeks after the one against Flamengo. Jorge Sampaoli's men have in any case impressed and keep their place as leaders.
Santos even made the hole because while Botafogo won on the field of Avaí, who still has not won a single game in this Brasileirão, Flamengo was corrected on the field of Bahia. A 3-0 victory for Bahia with a hat-trick from Gilberto, a supporter of Flamengo. Filipe Luís made his debut with Mengão but appeared out of form and Bahia can breathe after seven games without a win in Brasileirão and four games without scoring a goal.
The rest of the day was marked by two classics, including the one between Atlético Mineiro and Cruzeiro. Vinicius opened the scoring in the first period with a shot from outside the area before being replaced by Nathan, who also had a goal. The Galo won 2-0 and beat Cruzeiro, who had won only two games out of thirteen, the last victory even going back to May 5 on the third day! Eliminated from the Copa Libertadores, Cruzeiro has not scored in seven games, a record in club history, before facing the Internacional in the semifinals of the Brazil Cup. The other clássico pitted the Corinthians against a Palmeiras in difficulty since the resumption of Brasileirão. The two goals of the match were scored with a header, Felipe Melo responding to Manoel, and the two teams left back to back, the Corinthians being saved by the decisive parades of the eternal Cássio. So Santos is smiling now with a four point lead over the second, Palmeiras.
The thirteenth day ended with two draws, one without a goal between Vasco and CSA and the other with many goals: 3-3 between Grêmio and Chapecoense. A draw that doesn’t matter for anyone, Grêmio taking thirteenth place after this third consecutive draw, while Chapecoense has not won since May 26 and remains in the Z-4.
The next day offers a nice program from Saturday with notably São Paulo - Santos, Flamengo - Grêmio and Atlético-MG - Fluminense. On Sunday, the Internacional - Corinthians and Palmeiras - Bahia meetings will also be worth a look.