CAXIAS do Sul’s two main clubs dominate the 2012 Gauchão after three rounds, with Juventude and Caxias topping Groups A and B respectively.
In Group A, the biggest game of the weekend saw Juventude overcome Grêmio 3-1 in an entertaining encounter at the Estádio Alfredo Jaconi. Despite a strong start for the visitors, it was Juventude who took the lead after on 32 minutes after being awarded a penalty as Saimon brought down Belusso, for Zulú to convert his fourth goal of the season. Ju were rewarded for their dominance in the second-half as Alan’s shot deflected in, just minutes after being reduced to ten men – Bruno Salvador saw red for an off-the-ball assault. As the game descended into a bad tempered encounter under the hot sun, Grêmio’s man advantage was quickly cancelled out with the dismissal of Gabriel moments later. But despite a late spell pressure, Grêmio’s inconsistent start to the Gauchão continued despite Kléber’s 90th minute consolation.
Caxias remain the only side with maximum points and lead Group B after earning a 1-0 victory at São Luiz. After a disappointing first-half showing, new signings Everaldo and Vanderlei combined after the interval to earn a 1-0 victory at São Luiz.
An experimental Internacional side marked their third game in four days at the Beira-Rio with a 3-1 win over Veranópolis. Marcus Aurélio and Fabrício ensured Inter of a two goal lead after just two minutes but Danilo Santos capitalised on Romário’s error to reduce the deficit five minutes before half-time. Elton scrambled the ball home in the second-half to put the result beyond doubt.
Karmino Colombini became the first managerial casualty of the championship following Ypiranga’s home defeat to Cruzeiro left them with one point from a possible nine. Colombini was quickly joined by Carlos Gavião who received the axe after Pelotas were handed their third straight defeat by Lajeadense – the wonderfully named Argel Fucks is expected to replace Gavião.
Ypiranga 0-1 Cruzeiro
Internacional 3-1 Veranópolis
Juventude 2-1 Grêmio
São José 3-0 Avenida
Canoas 1-2 Cerâmica
Lajeadense 3-1 Pelotas
São Luiz 0-1 Caxias
Santa Cruz L -L Novo Hamburgo