Botafogo register back-to-back defeats
Botafogo again missed the chance to climb to the summit of the Brazilian Campeonato after suffering a second defeat in a week with a shock 3-2 reverse at lowly Avai. The visitors went in front through Sebastian Abreu on ten minutes but Avai turned the tables with two goals in two minutes by Michael Robson and Cleverson around the quarter-hour.
Dirnei Renato pulled Botafogo level on 62 minutes but there was a late sting in the tail when Robert De Souza swept the ball home for Avai five minutes from full-time. The defeat means Botafogo remain third, two points off the summit, while Avai stay in the relegation zone despite the three welcome points.
Fifth-placed Fluminense also spurned the chance to maintain the pressure on the leaders with a 2-0 home defeat against Atletico Mineiro. Atletico went ahead through a Daniel Carvalho penalty on 11 minutes before Andre De Souza doubled the lead just before the break. Fluminense ended the match a man light after Leandro Euzebio was dismissed for a second yellow card seven minutes from full-time.
Anderson's late strike rescued a 2-2 draw for bottom side America MG against Gremio. Thiago Carleto fired America ahead on 11 minutes but the hosts were down to ten men just after the half-hour when Marcos Rocha saw red. Gremio capitalised from the dismissal to the tune of two goals, Andre Lima with a brace either side of the interval, but America rescued a point when Anderson netted on 86 minutes.
Figueirense were 2-1 winners over Palmeiras thanks to goals by Wellington (11) and Julio Cesar (76). Ricardo Bueno replied for Palmeiras in stoppage time.