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Botafogo beats Cruzeiro 1-0

Botafogo beats Cruzeiro 1-0

Lucio Flavio successful penalty in the 79th minute lifted Botafogo over Cruzeiro 1-0 and into third place in the Brazilian league on Wednesday.
The top four qualify for the next Copa Libertadores, and Botafogo, after its seventh straight win, was only two points behind second-placed Cruzeiro.
Gremio, playing on Thursday, led with 44 points, followed by Cruzeiro on 39, Botafogo and Palmeira on 37, Sao Paulo with 36 and Coritiba on 35.
Cruziero midfielder Camilo was sent off in the 68th for a hard foul on attacker Wellington Paulista but it wasn't until Thiago Heleno fouled Wellington Paulista in the area in the 79th that Botafogo received its best chance for victory.
Defending champion Sao Paulo defeated Atletico Paranaense 3-1 despite a lethargic first half full of errors on home turf.
Atletico scored first through Pedro Oldoni in the 24th and Sao Paulo transformed in the second half, scoring three unanswered goals.
The first came a minute after the break from midfielder Hugo, followed by Borges in the 69th and Andre Lima in the 90th.
Coritiba trounced Figueirense 3-0 at home to stay close to the leaders.
Defender Mauricio put a header past Figueirense goalkeeper Wilson in the fourth minute but it wasn't until the 64th that Coritiba sealed the result when Keirrison dribbled around a defender and knocked in the second goal. Ten minutes later, midfielder Joao Henrique blasted a kick into the back of the net.
Also, Fluminense beat Nautico 3-1, Sport and Vitoria drew 0-0, Internacional crushed Palmeiras 4-1, and Ipatinga drew Santos 1-1.


Updated : 2021-02-27 09:19 GMT+08:00