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
Qatar floats idea of housing 12,000 football fans on ships
Qatar plans to accomodate some 12,000 football fans on cruise ships during the World Cup in 2022, a spokesman for the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) said on Monday....
USPA launches the eastern branch in Mbale
USPA president Sabiiti Muwanga launched the Eastern Sports Press Association (ESPA) an affiliate body of USPA at Wash and Wills Country Home Hotel Mbale...
How Uganda won the Zone VI Golf Championships
UGANDA amateur golf is destined for greater things after Team Uganda won the 20th edition of the Zone V1 Africa Golf Championships at the Uganda Golf Club...
Mutai qualifies for World Championships
UGANDA'S Solomon Mutai raced to a new personal best and into the IAAF World Championships qualifying mark as he competed in the Hannover Marathon...
CHESS: Uganda starts in high gear
UGANDA'S representatives at the ongoing Zone 4.2 Africa Chess Championships have vowed to take full charge at the eight day contest that started Saturday...
Uganda are Africa Zone 6 golf champions
Surprise winners Uganda clinched the annual championships in style Saturday afternoon, winning six games in the last singles action round to edge record champions South Africa by a point to clinch their maiden title....
Should African countries expel South Africans?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter