Botafogo draws Goias 1-1

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Defender Juninho scored a 73rd-minute equalizer to help Botafogo draw Goias 1-1 in the Brazilian league on Tuesday.

Updated: July 05, 2007 16:16 IST
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Defender Juninho scored a 73rd-minute equalizer to help Botafogo draw Goias 1-1 and remain the only unbeaten team after the ninth round of the Brazilian league on Tuesday.

Also, defending champion Sao Paulo beat last year's runner-up Internacional behind a penalty kick goal by goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni.

Juninho's free kick powered low through the wall to beat Goias goalkeeper Harlei.

Botafogo, with a 6-3-0 record, was coming off three consecutive victories. It leads the competition with 21 points from nine matches, four points more than second-place Sao Paulo and five more than fourth-place Goias.

Defender Paulo Henrique put Goias ahead at Serra Dourada stadium in Goiania with a header from close range after a free kick cross by winger Paulo Baier.

Goias played a man down from the 19th after Paulo Henrique was sent off for a hard foul.

Botafogo was depleted in the 40th after defender Alex held Goias striker Welliton and received a red card.

At Morumbi stadium, Sao Paulo goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni netted his fifth goal of the season and 73rd of his career with a penalty kick in the team's 1-0 win over Internacional. It was Sao Paulo's fourth consecutive match without allowing a goal.

Palmeiras beat last-place America 2-0 at Palestra Italia stadium in Sao Paulo to win its second in a row, a result that snapped the team's three-match winless streak at home and moved the club from 12th to sixth in the 20-team standings.

Also, Copa Libertadores runner-up Gremio passed local rival Juventude 3-1 at Olimpico Stadium behind two goals by midfielder Diego Souza.

In Curitiba, Atletico Paranaense was held to 1-1 by Nautico, which scored on an own goal after defender Gustavo's clearing shot ricocheted off Atletico teammate Michel and went in.

Figueirense defeated 2003 champion Cruzeiro 2-1 in Florianopolis to snap the rival's three-match winning streak, while Fluminense drew fourth-place Parana 0-0 in Volta Redonda.

On Wednesday, recently promoted Atletico Mineiro will host Flamengo in Belo Horizonte, Santos will play at Vasco in Rio de Janeiro and Sport will host Corinthians in Recife.

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