Corinthians ties Portuguesa after rain delay

Other News Materials 8 February 2009 06:27 (UTC +04:00)

Corinthians tied Portuguesa 1-1 although Saturday's game of the Rio de Janeiro state championships was interrupted by severe rains, Xinhua reported.

The game, which was stopped for more than 90 minutes due to the hard rain upon the city of Sao Paulo, will go down in history as one of the most physical and tenacious game between the two teams in their 85 years of rivalry.

After a scoreless first half, the game was stopped due to bad weather only four minutes into the second half.

The problem surrounding the game then came due to a lack of communication between the referees and the teams.

After having waited more than an hour, the Corinthians players began to take showers and dress in their street clothes, ready to go home.

However, the referee called the team back to the field, surprising the coach Mano Menezes, as well as the athletes.

For Portuguesa, they were ready and anxious to get back on the field throughout the whole rain delay. Once play resumed, the visiting team got on the scoreboard first.

In the 30th minute of the second half, Guigov crossed the ball towards the front of the Corinthians net and the opponents' fullback Jean swung and missed the ball, leaving it at the feet of Christian, who did not waste any time in firing it past goalkeeper Felipe.

It did not take Corinthians long to respond. In the 34th minute of the second half, Otacilio Neto received the ball, dribbled past Erick, and shot the ball into the Portuguesa net, tying the game.

Despite their tie, the Corinthians remain undefeated and atop the Sao Paulo state championship.

The team has 14 points and stands ahead of all other teams, at least until Sunday's games are played.

Palmeiras, who has played two games less than Corinthians, sits just two points behind Corinthians. For Portuguesa, the team has eight points and stands in ninth place.