In the duel between two candidates for the title of Brasileirão, Botafogo e Guild they played a game in São Januário. And the tricolors added more fuel to the championship by beating the home team – who played at the Vasco stadium, as Nilton Santos is hosting the band RBD’s show – by 4 to 3.
Just like against Palmeiras 8 days ago, Botafogo had a 3-1 lead on the scoreboard, but turned it around in a matter of minutes. But this time the rival’s three goals were scored by just one man: Luis Suárez.
Diego Costa opened the scoring after just 6 minutes of play, sending São Januário into a frenzy. But the tricolor equalizer came three minutes later, with Everton Galdino.
In the 29th minute of the game, Júnior Santos put Fogão back in front of the scoreboard. And Marlon Freitas, right at the beginning of the second half, scored Glorioso’s third.
However, just like in the duel against Palm trees, Botafogo “erased” after scoring the third goal. And Grêmio reached a draw with Luis Suárez, in the 5th and 8th minutes of the second half, making the score 3-3.
The “Pistolero” completed his hat-trick in the 24th minute, turning the game around.
The result puts fire once and for all in the fight for the title. Now, Botafogo, Palmeiras and Grêmio have 59 points. The Rio team still remains at the top as it has a better goal difference (23) than its rivals.
Furthermore, Botafogo still has one game less than the other competitors, against Fortaleza, while Palmeiras and Grêmio have already played 33 times in the championship.
Red Bull Bragantino remains at the top, in fourth place, with 58 points and 32 games, as does Botafogo. And Flamengo has 56 points in fifth.
Crisis in Botafogo
Once an overwhelming leader with a 14-point advantage, Botafogo saw its fat evaporate and reaches the critical moment of the season in free fall and crisis. There are four defeats in a row and only 1 point gained in the last five matches.
The last game Botafogo won as home team was in August.
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