São Paulo draw at Botafogo, miss chance to go top

Botafogo earned a 2-2 draw against São Paulo. (AFP pic)

RIO DE JANEIRO: São Paulo missed a chance to return to the top of Brazil’s Série A on Sunday when they could only draw 2-2 at Botafogo.

Jean put the home side ahead from a corner kick after just four minutes but São Paulo levelled three minutes later when Diego Souza pounced on a loose ball to fire home his 14th goal of the season from nine metres out.

Kieza restored Botafogo’s lead after 24 minutes when he volleyed home from close range after a nice one-two with Erik.

But substitute Gonzalo Carneiro saved São Paulo’s blushes when he stabbed home another equaliser around the hour mark after goalkeeper Saulo could only parry a free kick from the right.

The result means that São Paulo end the weekend one point behind joint leaders Palmeiras and Internacional.

Palmeiras went top on goal difference thanks to a 3-1 win at home to Cruzeiro on Sunday. Internacional drew level on points with a 2-1 win over Vitória.