Sport
Brazil's first 2014 World Cup stadium holds matches
Publish Date: Jan 28, 2013
newvision
  • mail
  • img

RIO DE JANEIRO - The Arena Castelao, the first of Brazil's 2014 World Cup stadiums to be completed, held its first matches on Sunday - a doubleheader in the northeastern Copa do Nordeste.

But despite the inspiration of having World Cup record goalscorer Ronaldo in the stands of the stadium opened by President Dilma Rousseff last month the teams managed only one goal to mark the occasion.

Fortaleza and Sport drew 0-0 before Bahia beat Ceara 1-0 with a goal from former Brazil and Manchester United midfielder Kleberson.

The matches were preceded by a ceremony attended by Ronaldo, Brazil's sports Minister Aldo Rebelo, FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke and Jose Maria Marin, president of the Brazilian Football Confederation.

Sunday's matches in the Gaucho championship in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul were cancelled after the tragic deaths of more than 200 people in a fire at a night club in the city of Santa Maria.

The state's top clubs Internacional and Gremio posted messages on their websites declaring three days of mourning and put their flags at half mast in their stadiums.

The main attraction was to have been former Brazil coach Dunga's first game in charge of Internacional at Caxias.

Brazilian champions Fluminense drew 1-1 with Botafogo in the season's first major "classico" in the Carioca (Rio) championship.

Fluminense, also the Carioca champions, went ahead through winger Wellington Nem after a one-two with right back Bruno in the 38th minute.

Botafogo hit back after the interval when former Dutch international Clarence Seedorf, who came on as a substitute, crossed for central defender Bolivar to head the equaliser.

Brazil ace Neymar saved Santos from defeat with a last minute penalty, his fourth goal in three matches, for a 1-1 draw with Bragantino in the Paulista (Sao Paulo) championship.

Neymar, who helped Santos win the Paulista title the last three years, was tightly marked and unable to repeat his brilliant performances of previous matches.
 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Ugandans target podium in Rwanda rally
UGANDAN rally drivers have vowed to break the 9 year jinx without getting a podium finish in this year’s Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Rally that gets underway on Friday...
Uganda Kobs set for return leg against Egypt
Uganda Kobs is ready to face Egypt in the CAF Orange Under-23 African Nations Championship Qualifier....
Youngster Kayongo set for world’s top woodball guns
Uganda will for the first time be represented by a junior player in two international woodball tournaments....
She Cranes get new kit ahead of Netball World Cup
Kit sponsors Asiatic Sports have done all in their means to ensure the She Cranes are smart at the World Cup....
Zambia
Zambia''s Madalisto Muthiya shot an opening 5-under-par 67 gross to take an early lead as the Tusker Malt Lager Professionals Open teed off at Kitante Wednesday...
Kenyan Pro David Wakhu wins Pro-Am withTeam AAR-3
Kenya’s professionals David Wakhu and Riz Charania together with Uganda’s Silver Opio have extra motivation going into the first round of the Tusker Malt Lager Uganda Open Professionals tournament after winning some cash from the Pro-Am tournament on Tuesday...
Should faith based organisations be registered as Non-government organisations?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter