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Botafogo Beat Fluminense 3×0 in Rio Clássico: Daily

Botafogo Beat Fluminense 3×0 in Rio Clássico: Daily

Posted by Laura Zúñiga on March 03, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Botafogo’s reserve team comprehensively beat Fluminense 3-0 yesterday afternoon in the Clássico Vovô at the Maracanã Stadium. A brace from Henrique and a superb volley from Argentine midfielder Bolatti helped the Alvinegro climb to sixth place in the table, while Fluminense remain three points behind Flamengo at the top of the Campeonato Carioca.

Encouragingly for Botafogo coach Eduardo Hungaro, the superiority of his players was underlined by the fact that every single starter yesterday was not first choice. Hungaro opted to rest his first-team ahead of this week’s Copa Libertadores tie away to Union Española of Chile, for which the club will fly out later today.

The match started in bizarre fashion, with Flu goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri booked before a ball had even been kicked. The international stopper marked the middle of the goal on the six yard line, and the referee unexpectedly produced a yellow card for defacing the pitch.

From the kick-off, Botafogo were the better team. Renato forced Cavalieri into a smart save before Flu launched a counterattack of their own. Fred put the ball in the back of the net but his effort was correctly ruled out for offside. That was about as good as it got for Fluminense.

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