By Doug Gray, Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO – After leaders Palmeiras’ surprise 2 x 0 defeat to struggling Santo André midweek, the door was left open for Flamengo to close in further on the top spot which they did with a narrow 1 x 0 win against local rivals Botafogo.
Fluminense meanwhile showed character to come back from 2 x 0 down at Goiás and grab a draw, but the point is unlikely to be enough to stave off relegation ahead of a tricky fixture list as the season draws to a close.
Botafogo 0 x 1 Flamengo . . .