Current Brazilian Serie A leaders Botafogo made a remarkable comeback against Santos, coming back from a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 away.
Santos initially took the lead when Marcos Leonardo capitalised on a through ball from Jean Lucas before slotting the ball home with a well-placed shot. Later, the same combination of Leonardo and Lucas Lima appeared to seal the match for Santos as the former found the back of the net once again. This put them two goals ahead with only nine minutes remaining.
However, Botafogo refused to give up and managed to stage a late comeback. Tiquinho Soares ignited hope for his team with an 84th-minute goal, reducing the deficit. Then, in the dying minutes of the game, Adryelson levelled the scores, heading home a Marcal corner.
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Following their hard-fought draw at the Vila Belmiro stadium, Botafogo remain at the top of the league table with 40 points from 16 matches. They are enjoying an 11-point lead over second-placed Gremio. Santos, on the other hand, currently sit in 14th position in the 20-team standings, trailing 23 points behind the league leaders.
Meanwhile, in another match held in Rio de Janeiro, Athletico Paranaense managed a 2-0 victory over Vasco da Gama thanks to two late goals. Christian Cardoso found the net in the 71st minute, and Vitor Buenos secured the win with an 80th-minute penalty, earning Paranaense their eighth win of the season.
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With this result, Paranaense climbed to fifth in the standings, accumulating 26 points, while Vasco remain at the bottom of the league table, having only won two out of their 15 matches played so far.
In other Brazilian Serie A fixtures on the same day, Goias secured a 1-0 win against Cruzeiro, while Bragantino and Internacional played out a goalless draw in the former’s home stadium.