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Soccer: Rio clubs leave it late as Botafogo draw with Flamengo

Soccer Football - Brasileiro Championship - Flamengo v Botafogo - Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - August 23, 2020 Flamengo's Gabriel Barbosa scores their first goal from the penalty spot, following the resumption of play behind closed doors after the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Flamengo and Botafogo played out an exciting 1-1 draw in a Rio de Janeiro derby on Sunday that featured two goals in stoppage time and a controversially disallowed Flamengo strike.

Pedro Raul put Botafogo ahead seconds into added time but Gabriel Barbosa equalised by converting a penalty with the last kick of the game.

However, reigning Serie A champions Flamengo will feel justifiably upset after Barbosa had a goal chalked off following a VAR review with 15 minutes remaining.

The result leaves the title holders 12th with just five points from their first five games.

Botafogo, meanwhile, remain unbeaten in eighth place with six points from four matches.

Reporting by Andrew Downie; Editing by Ken Ferris

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