Date: 22nd June 2009 at 12:04pm
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Lenny367 brings us all the news from Brazil in his round-up of the week`s events in the Summer Prediction League.

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The big story in the Serie A at the weekend was the departure of Sao Paulo coach Mauricy ahead of the classico against Corinthians, paying the penalty of a poor start to the season and the surprise 2-0 loss to Cruzeiro in the midweek Libertadores game which saw Sao Paulo exit the competition.

As much as I dislike the guy you don`t win three consecutive titles if you are a bad coach. A bad week for the men from the Morumbi ended in a 3-1 defeat to a Corinthians side buoyed by the midweek Cup Final first leg win over Internacional.

The Saturday games were a tale of late, late goals. Keirrison spared the blushes of Palmeiras at lowly Parana with a goal 4 minutes into added on time, Vitoria beat Botafogo thanks to a last minute goal from Apodi.

Santo Andre notched their first win of the season with a controversial winner 3 minutes into time added on to send Sport home empty handed, while Maxi Lopez rescued a point for Gremio with a header 2 minutes into stoppage time.

The late goals continued at Avai where Leo Gago secured all 3 points against Fluminense with a goal 2 minutes into stoppage time. In the other Saturday game Curitiba picked up their first win of the season winning 1-0 at Nautico.

On Sunday, leaders Atletico MG trailed 1-0 at half time but 3 goals in 15 minutes were enough to see off Santos. Adriano put his personal problems behind him with a hat trick as Flamengo put 4 past a hapless Internacional.

Cruzeiro started where they left off in the Libertadores at Sao Paulo in midweek scoring against Barueri inside 2 minutes but the Sao Paulo men went into the half time break level, and secured a surprise away win with 2 second half goals.

In our prediction league the late goals by Santo Andre and Gremio certainly affected the scores. Those 2 goals secured 5 points in both games for Toboboly to give him the lead with 13 points, but cost Clonmany a 5 pointer and the outright lead.

Flavio B came up trumps with getting the Curitiba away win spot on, while Lenny proved that local knowledge isn`t always a bonus. Meanwhile at the bottom, or Lanterna as we say in Brasil, is Boxer, but its early days yet.

Week One – Results

Vitória 4-3 Botafogo
Atlético Parana 2-2 Palmeiras
Santo André 2-1 Sport Recife
Grêmio 2-2 Goiás
Náutico 0-1 Coritiba
Avaí 3-2 Fluminense
Santos 2-3 Atlético MG
Cruzeiro 2-4 Barueri
Flamengo 4-0 Internacional
Corinthians 3-1 São Paulo

Week One – Table

1. toboboly – 13
2. Flavio.B -11
3. Clonmany_Hoop – 8
4. Lenny367 – 8
5. Boxer – 6

Week Two – Fixtures

Cruziero v Avaí
Botafogo v Goiás
São Paulo v Náutico
Grêmio Barueri v Atlético Mineiro
Atlético Paranaense v Corinthians
Internacional v Coritiba
Palmeiras v Santos
Fluminense v Flamengo
Sport Recife v Grêmio
Vitória v Santo André

Confused? Click here or here for Lenny`s break-down of the teams recent fortunes.

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