By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On Sunday, May 21st, at Nilton Santos stadium, Rio's Botafogo football (soccer) club earned its first win in the 2017 Campeonato Brasileiro (Brasileirão), Série A, defeating Campinas' Ponte Preta, 2-0.
In their opening match of the Brasileirão season last Sunday, May 14th, Botafogo was lackluster in a 2-0 shutout loss to Grêmio. The club rebounded a few days later in the Copa Libertadores, dishing a shut out of its own, with a 1-0 victory over Atlético Nacional.
From the opening whistle in . . .