October 1, 2018 / 4:19 AM / 8 months ago

Soccer: Sao Paulo draw at Botafogo, miss chance to go top in Brazil

Soccer Football - Brasileiro Championship - Botafogo v Sao Paulo - Nilton Santos Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - September 30, 2018 Sao Paulo's Gonzalo Carneiro celebrates scoring their second goal REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Sao Paulo missed a chance to return to the top of Brazil’s Serie 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 Sao 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 Sao 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 Sao 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 Vitoria.

Reporting by Andrew Downie; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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