Sao Paulo beat Botafogo 1-0

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:52 IST

Sao Paulo beat Brazilian championship leaders Botafogo 1-0 in the Brazilian League at the Morumbi stadium on Sunday night.

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A 77th minute goal by Paulo Matos helped Sao Paulo beat Brazilian championship leaders Botafogo 1-0 in the Brazilian League at the Morumbi stadium on Sunday night. With the victory, Sao Paulo moved up three places to 10th with 14 points. Despite the loss, Botafogo retained the Brazilian League lead with 18 points from eight games, one point ahead of Pronte Preta and Fliminense. Botafogo travelled to Sao Paulo on Sunday, looking for three more points against a side languishing in 13th position in the 22-team competition. The home team was not to be intimidated though and controlled possession from the outset, generating the two best chances of the half. In the 12th minute, midfielder Josue seized the initiative and struck a well-timed shot from just outside the penalty area - only for it to be tipped over the crossbar by Botafogo 'keeper Jefferson. A minute from half time, Sao Paulo defender Fabao almost surprised the Botafogo defence when he unleashed a powerful drive from 30 metres out, but again Jeffers held on firm. Twenty-five minutes in the second half, Fabao again sneaked forward from defence to strike from long range - this time from the set piece - Jefferson was equal to it again and it seemed it would not be Sao Paulo's night. But then, with just thirteen minutes on the clock, substitute Paulo Matos fired in from tight angle after the Botafogo defence had been turned inside out. In the first minute of extra time, Sao Paulo should have put the game out of reach - if only Souza had capitalised on this one-on-one situation with the goalkeeper. Instead, he allowed two defenders to make up a 10-metre deficit and between them they prevented a shot on goal. Botafogo were uncharacteristically flat in attack throughout, but they could have stolen a point with the last action of the game. Centre-back Cesar Prates' free kick eluded the Sao Paulo wall, but Rogerio Ceni was more than up to the task, demonstrating a safe pair of hands and 1-0 it remained. Despite the defeat, Botafogo retain the Brazilian League lead with 18 points from eight rounds, with Pronte Preta and Fliminense on 17. (AP)

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