A summary of the Brazilian football week, and a preview of the third round of the Brazilian Championship, written by a native, for the public outside the country of football…
There were two matches from the round of 16 on Wednesday. In the first leg, Parana beat Atletico MG in a great match of 5 goals. Atletico MG lead twice, but Parana turned the result, with a brilliant performance from Guilherme Biteco. In the other match, Flamengo won Atletico GO despite several mistakes and suffered to advance to quarters finals of Brazilian Cup. At the end, 1 -2 in the score.
Five Brazilian teams played the final week round of the first phase in the Libertadores Cup. On Tuesday Chapecoense won Zulia (VEN) by 2 x 1, coming back from defeat in the last 5 minutes of the game. Unfortunately, Chapecoense missed the points of the game against Lanus, due to an irregular registration of a player, and with that was disqualified from the Libertadores, but guaranteed ranks in the South American Cup.
At the same day, Santos beat Sporting Cristal (PER), with a great result of 4 x 0, with two goals of the defender David Braz, and guarantee the leadership of the group.
On Wednesday, Palmeiras beat Atletico Tucuman (ARG) by 3 x 1 and also guarantee the leadership of his group.
On Tuesday, Gremio smashes Zamora (VEN) by 4 x 0, but it could be 8 goals! In an extraordinary exhibition of Luan and Pedro Rocha, Gremio repeats a great match that is playing, Ensuring leadership of the group. Botafogo, already classified as next stage played against Estudiantes (ARG) and loose by 1 x0. Even with this defeat, assure the first place of the group.
See below the order of group stages classification:
POT 1 (FIRST PLACED OF GROUPS):
1- Atletico-MG – BRA
2- Lanus – ARG
3- Gremio – BRA
4- River Plate – ARG
5- Palmeiras – BRA
6- Santos – BRA
7- Botafogo – BRA
8- San Lorenzo – ARG
POT 2 (SECOND PLACED OF THE GROUPS)
9- Godoy Cruz – ARG
11- Emelec – ECU
13- Atletico-PR – BRA
14- The Strongest – BOL
15- Jorge Wilstermann – BOL
BRAZILIAN CHAMPIONSHIP – 3 round predictions
This weekend will we have the third round of the Brazilian Championship. We will two derbies: Vasco x Fluminense in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo x Palmeiras in São Paulo. Below you can see my predictions for all matches:
Vasco v Fluminense (Fluminense win)
São Paulo v Palmeiras (draw)
Vitoria v Coritiba (draw)
Atletico MG x Ponte Preta (Atletico MG win)
Santos v Cruzeiro (draw)
Atletico PR v Flamengo (Atletico PR win)
Atletico GO v Corinthians (Corinthians win)
Sport v Gremio (Gremio win)
Botafogo v Bahia (draw)
Chapecoense v Avai (Avai win)
Next Tuesday you will see the summary of the top matches, and you can charge me for the results! Follow me on @mwgremio and good matches!