Brazilian League Roundup, Feb. 13

BY foxsports • February 14, 2011

Deivid scored the lone goal to give Flamengo a 1-0 win over Resende on Sunday for its seventh straight win in the Rio de Janeiro championship.

Ronaldinho was held scoreless, but Flamengo will play Botafogo in the semifinals of the Guanabara Cup, the first stage of the Rio tournament, while Fluminense will face Boavista. Vasco routed America 9-0 but had already been eliminated.

In the Sao Paulo tournament, goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni scored his 98th goal to help Sao Paulo beat Portuguesa 3-2, while Corinthians - with striker Ronaldo reportedly set to announce his retirement on Monday - was held to a scoreless draw by Paulista.

Luiz Felipe Scolari's Palmeiras stayed on top of the standings by beating Americana 1-0 on Saturday.

Ronaldinho failed to provide a lot of spark to Flamengo in Macae, but the popular Brazilian club was able to keep its winning streak alive with a 76th-minute goal by striker Deivid after a low cross by Chilean right back Gonzalo Fierro.

Ronaldinho, in his third match since signing from AC Milan, was substituted in the 85th.

Flamengo is the only team to win all its matches to start the season and it had already secured a spot in the semifinals of the Guanabara Cup. It will face Botafogo, which was held to a 1-1 draw with Macae at the Engenhao stadium.

A victory would have allowed Botafogo to avoid Flamengo in the semifinals and face Boavista, but it was Fluminense which got the opportunity after beating Madureira 1-0 in Volta Redonda. Fluminense's winner was scored in the 79th by recently signed striker Rafael Moura, who has netted five goals in his three matches with the Brazilian champion.

Boavista earned a semifinal spot over Resende on goal difference after a 5-3 win against Nova Iguacu. Max scored three goals for Boavista, including a last-minute score that allowed the team to advance.

Vasco, which began the year with four straight losses, thrashed America in Volta Redonda. Left back Ramon and substitute midfielder Enrico scored a pair of goals each for the four-time national champion, which now has won two in a row with new coach Ricardo Gomes.

The winner of the Guanabara Cup will play for the state title against the Rio Cup champion later in the tournament.

In Sao Paulo, Ceni scored his 98th goal by converting a 39th-minute free kick at Caninde stadium. Already the most prolific goal scorer as a goalkeeper, Ceni is just two short of 100th-goal mark, although FIFA says the 37-year-old player has 96 goals instead of 98.

The victory moved Sao Paulo to fourth in the 20-team standings with 15 points, four less than leader Palmeiras, which defeated Americana 1-0 at Pacaembu stadium on Saturday thanks to a low shot from outside the area by striker Kleber in the 54th.

Palmeiras, still without injured Chile midfielder Jorge Valdivia, has won six of its last seven matches to reach 19 points, one more than second-place Santos, the defending champion which on Friday defeated Noroeste 2-0 at Vila Belmiro stadium despite a missed penalty kick by playmaker Elano.

Sixth-placed Corinthians couldn't get past a 0-0 draw with Paulista in Jundiai. The most successful Sao Paulo state team was without former Brazil and Real Madrid left back Roberto Carlos, who left the club on Saturday because of fan threats after the team's elimination from the Copa Libertadores.

Ronaldo, who is expected to put an end to his stellar 18-year career on Monday, hasn't played for Corinthians since the team's loss to Colombia's Deportes Tolima in the Copa Libertadores on Feb. 2. Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos were heavily blamed for the defeat.

The top eight teams will advance to the quarterfinals of the Sao Paulo tournament.


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