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Botafogo vs Flamengo promises to be a cracking Clássico da Rivalidade in Rio de Janeiro as the league leaders go head-to-head with one of South America’s major forces. The hosts crashed out of the Copa Sudamericana in midweek so are now fully focused on finishing first in the Brasileirão. With 17 games left they are 11 points ahead of second place Palmeiras and 15 in front of Saturday’s opponents. The game takes place on Saturday September 2nd kicking off at 21:00 local time and will be played at the Estadio Nilton Santos known locally as the Engenhão.
Botafogo vs Flamengo head-to-head record
- 1 Botafogo vs Flamengo head-to-head record
- 2 Botafogo vs Flamengo last five head-to-head record
- 3 Botafogo vs Flamengo what to expect
This classic rivalry predates football, both Botafogo and Flamengo began as rowing clubs which was the most popular sport in Rio de Janeiro at the end of the 19th century. But since 1913 the sides have faced each other in a variety of competitions with the Rubro-Negro currently the kings of the Clássico da Rivalidade.
Flamengo have won the lion’s share of the meetings with 141 victories compared to Botafogo’s 114 as the sides have met 379 times in all competitions. Most of those matches were played in State championships such as the Carioca, between 2007 and 2010 they contested four straight finals at state level.
- Botafogo wins: 114
- Draws: 124
- Flamengo wins: 141
When looking only at the Brasileirão the most common result has surprisingly been a draw, points have been shared in 27 of the 64 meetings. Meanwhile the alvinegro have grabbed 14 wins but Flamengo remain ahead of their rivals with 23 triumphs. In 1992 the Brazilian championship was decided by a two-legged final played between these sides and once again it was the Mengão who prevailed.
Botafogo vs Flamengo last five head-to-head record
Brazil Serie A 30/04/23
Brazil Campeonato Carioca 25/02/23
Brazil Serie A 28/08/22
Brazil Serie A 08/05/22
Brazil Campeonato Carioca 23/02/22
Flamengo 2-3 Botafogo (30/04/2023)
Botafogo scored three times in this fixture for the first time since 2016 grabbing the crucial last goal while playing with ten men. 32-year-old striker Tiquinho Soares netted twice in the victory while Rafael was sent off on the 51st minute almost burning Botafogo’s chances.
Botafogo 0-1 Flamengo (25/02/2023)
The Carioca state championship game had an explosive start when teenager Matheus Gonçalves robbed the ball before running at his defender and rocketing the ball in the net after just 24 seconds. The 17-year-old’s strike proved to be the winner while Botafogo lost their cool having three men sent off.
Botafogo 0-1 Flamengo (28/08/2022)
The corresponding fixture last year in the Brazilian championships was decided by a single Arturo Vidal goal. The Chilean veteran arrived late in the box to tap in a knockdown from Pedro in an important victory for Copa Libertadores qualification.
Flamengo 0-1 Botafogo (08/05/2022)
Another tight game decided by a solitary strike, this time it was Botafogo that came out on top when the then 23-year-old Erison scored the 3rd of 7 goals in the 2022 Brasileirão. It proved to be the beginning of the end for Portuguese coach Paulo Sousa who was sacked a month later.
Botafogo 1-3 Flamengo (23/02/2022)
This Rio State Championship game was a walk in the park for the Rubro-Negro who were searching for a fourth straight State title. Both Pedro and Gabriel “Gabigol” Barbosa scored in the first half at the Nilton Santos to take the game away from the hosts. Uruguayan Giorgian De Arrascaeta had made it 3-0 by the time Léo Pereira inadvertently scored an own goal.
Botafogo vs Flamengo what to expect
Botafogo have been supreme in the 2023 Brazilian championship and head into this match having won all 11 home matches so far. With the team recently reinforced with Diego Costa and young stars like Matías Segovia able to perform off the bench they will be hoping to extend that streak. Flamengo count with a lot of quality themselves and have the historical upper hand – so they will be no push overs. This game could go either way but no side is likely to win by more than one goal.
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