Botafogo snap three-game winless run with 1-0 win

Rodrigo Lindoso (first from right) led Botafogo to victory against América-MG. (Reuters pic)

RIO DE JANEIRO: A first-half header from Rodrigo Lindoso was enough to snap a three-game winless run for Botafogo on Sunday and give the Rio de Janeiro side a 1-0 win over América-MG.

The home team took the lead midway through the first half when Lindoso got on the end of a front post cross from Marcinho to glance a header past goalkeeper João Ricardo.

Luan was sent off for the visitors a few minutes from time after a heated discussion with Gilson, one of Botafogo’s substitutes, who was also sent to the stands.

The win, Botafogo’s first league victory since August 25, lifted them into 13th spot in the 20-team Série A, just one point behind América-MG who are two places above them.