RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept 16 (Reuters) - 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 America-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 keeper Joao 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 Aug. 25, lifted them into 13th spot in the 20-team Serie A, just one point behind America-MG who are two places above them.
America face joint-leaders Sao Paulo next week, while Botafogo visit Vitoria, the team immediately above them.
Reporting by Andrew Downie Editing by Christian Radnedge