By Robbie Blakeley, Senior Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Botafogo remain just four points behind leaders Cruzeiro in the 2013 Campeonato Brasileiro after a 2-1 win over Santos yesterday at Vila Belmiro, that city’s stadium. A brace from Elias gave the Alvinegro three points in the perfect preparation for Wednesday night’s crunch clash with Cruzeiro at the Mineirão.
However, it was Botafogo who took the lead on 33 minutes. Júlio Cesar crossed from the left, Rafael Marques headed goalwards for Aranha to save and Elias to touch home the rebound.
Botafogo started the second half at a frightening pace as they looked to kill the game. On 56 minutes, they scored a much-deserved second goal when Elias headed in Renato’s cross.
Cícero pulled one back for the home side but they rarely threatened a second. Botafogo remain on Cruzeiro‘s coat-tails for the biggest game of the Brasileirão this season on Wednesday night.
Meanwhile, Flamengo drew 1-1 away to Ponte Preta and climbed to thirteenth in the table. After falling behind, a late André Santos goal rescued a point for the Rubro-Negro.
Also Vasco slipped into the relegation zone following a 2-0 defeat against São Paulo. The Cruz-Maltino have now gone three games without a win.
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