São Paulo, with the Colombian James Rodriguez for the first time in the starting XI, this Saturday a draw with no goals against leaders Botafogo, in which the Spanish-Brazilian Diego Costa made his debut, in the match that opened the twentieth round of the Brazilian league.
The ex-Real Madrid player was there for the first 45 minutes and for the second half he was replaced by Lucas Moura, another reinforcement from São Paulo for the second half.
In the botafogo of Portuguese coach Bruno Lage the experienced debuted Diego Costathat arrived this week and he has the difficult task of replacing injured striker Tiquinho Soares, the top scorer in the Brazilian soccer championship.
With the draw The Carioca team remains firmly in first place with 48 pointsfourteen ahead of Palmeiras, their immediate companion, while Sao Paulo, led by coach Dorival Júnior, sinks to mid-table on 28 points.
In the second hour of Saturday, in a duel of Argentine technicians, andhe Eduardo “Chacho” Coudet International received Juan Pablo Vojvodas Fortaleza in Porto Alegre.
National voter Fernando Diniz’s fluminense was a native of Rio de Janeiro from América de Belo Horizonte, coached by Argentinian Fabián Bustos.
In a confrontation between Portuguese coaches, Toni Oliveira’s Cuiabá was home to Palmeiras, the last champions, led by Abel Ferreira, who sits in second place.
Already the Cruzeiro, of the also Portuguese coach Pepa, played against Corinthians this Saturday in Belo Horizonteby former coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo.
On Sunday, Vasco da Gama, led by Argentina coach Ramón “El Pelao” Díaz, is penultimate with thirteen points and who have just signed veteran Frenchman Dimitri Payet, a historic player from Olympique de Marseille, will play Atlético Mineiro in Rio de Janeiro under the tutelage of former coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.
Already, Flamengo, led by Argentine coach Jorge Sampaoli and fourth with 32 units, will visit Coritiba.
The Carioca team took a breather amid an internal crisiswith a 1-0 win over Gremio de Porto Alegre on Wednesday and a place in the final of the Brazilian Cup.
On the eve of the decisive game Midfielder Gerson and Uruguayan winger Guillermo Varela fought a fistfight during training, the second such incident in less than a month.
End of July, Argentina’s fitness coach at the time, Pablo Fernández, attacked striker Pedro in the dressing room after a game. The technical pro was sacked while the goalscorer was fined and internally suspended.
In Sunday’s other games rounding out the day, Santos, led by Uruguayan coach Diego Aguirre and awaiting the debut of veteran Venezuelan midfielder Tomás Rincón, host Grêmio led by Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez.
In Salvador, Bahía hosts Bragantino under the guidance of Portuguese coach Renato Paivadirected by his compatriot Pedro Caixinha.
On Monday, Goiás, led by the Portuguese Armado Evangelista, host Athletico Paranaense in Goiania.