2015 Brasileirão Round Nine summary: Vasco finally win, while Palmeiras thump rivals São PauloRafael Marques (L) of Palmeiras heads the ball to score against Corinthians during their Brasileirão match at Arena Corinthians on 31st May, 2015
Vasco da Gama finally secured their first win of the campaign with a hard-fought 1-0 victory at home to Flamengo.
After Cruzeiro loanee Duvier Riascos gave them a 16th minute lead, Celso Roth’s side were forced to hold on for much of the remainder of the contest and relied on some last-ditch defending and several inspired saves by goalkeeper Charles to secure a win at the ninth time of asking.
That result immediately moved them off the bottom and ahead of fellow newly-promoted side Joinville, who were defeated for the seventh time already this season. They went down 1-0 at Atlético Mineiro, who closed the gap between them and Sport Recife at the top to just two points.
The league leaders, who remain unbeaten, led their tie away at Chapecoense through Rithely’s first half strike, but Bruno Rangel netted just two minutes from time to prevent Sport from securing a third consecutive victory.
Back at the other end of the standings, Palmeiras secured the most eye-catching result of the round with a 4-0 demolition of rivals São Paulo.
The tie could have worked out different had Alexandre Pato’s excellent individual effort not come back off the post for the visitors, but once Leandro Pereira netted a deflected open, Palmeiras were in control.
Further goals from Victor Ramos, Rafael Marques and substitute Jonathan Cristaldo secured the result, with Palmeiras moving up from the lower echelons to 11th and São Paulo dropping down to 4th.
The Tricolor are now level on 17 points with Atlético Mineiro, Fluminense and Grêmio. The latter two side’s were both victorious this weekend, with Goiás and Avaí their respective victims.
Elsewhere, Corinthians beat Figueirense 2-1, while Internacional and Ponte Preta beat Santos and Atlético Paranaense, respectively.
In Curitiba, holders Cruzeiro were also beaten by lowly Coritiba. The Belo Horizonte based outfit had seemed revived following the arrival of Vanderlei Luxemburgo as Head Coach, but have now lost two matches in a row.
Round Nine results
|Saturday 27th June|
|Avaí||1 - 2||Grêmio|
|Anderson Lopes (pen 56')||Pedro Rocha (1')|
|Chapecoense||1 - 1||Sport Recife|
|Bruno Rangel (88')||Rithely (29')|
|Sunday 28th June|
|Corinthians||2 - 1||Figueirense|
|Vágner Love (55')||Thiago Santana (73')|
|Jádson (pen 65')|
|Atlético Mineiro||1 - 0||Joinville|
|Leonardo Silva (34')|
|Coritiba||1 - 0||Cruzeiro|
|Rafhael Lucas (62')|
|Goiás||1 - 2||Fluminense|
|Erik Lima (34')||Wágner (53')|
|Palmeiras||4 - 0||São Paulo|
|Leandro Pereira (32')|
|Victor Ramos (41')|
|Rafael Marques (58')|
|Jonathan Cristaldo (72')|
|Ponte Preta||2 - 1||Atlético Paranaense|
|Renato Cajá (30')||Nikão (28')|
|Felipe Azevedo (70')|
|Vasco da Gama||1 - 0||Flamengo|
|Duvier Riascos (16')|
|Internacional||1 - 0||Santos|
2015 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A standings