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Botafogo sneaks into second round of 2012 Brazilian Cup

03-23-2012 13:21 BJT

RIO DE JANEIRO, March 22 (Xinhua) -- After a disappointing first leg performance in the first round of the 2012 Brazilian Cup, Botafogo had hopes of demonstrating their offensive might on Thursday at home against Treze-PB, but only ended with a 1-1 tie in regulation and managed into the second round after penalty shoot-out.

With goals first from Treze-PB's Rosa in the third minute and and later by Botafogo's Sebastian "Loco" Abreu in the 21st minute, neither team was able to score in the second half.

Due to the draw, the winner of the series would be decided in penalty kicks.

Treze chocked under pressure as two players completely missed the goal. Treze's keeper Beto successfully defended two penalty kicks from Botafogo, first from Renato followed by Abreu.

However, Botafogo keeper Jefferson was the hero of the match, easily defending Leo Rocha's attempt. Rocha faked as if he were to kick the ball with great force, but then let up and lightly chipped the ball towards the left side of the goal where Jefferson waited for the ball to come down before emphatically swatting it away.

Botafogo won the shout-out 3-2. For Botafogo, Andrezinho, Antonio Carlos and Felipe Menezes converted their kicks while Thiago Cunha and Neto Maranhao were the only players to convert for Treze.

The win helped Botafogo to advance into the second round of the tournament. In the round of 16, Botafogo will face Guarani, who eliminated Brasiliense-DF with an aggregate score of 3-2.

The winner of the 2012 Brazilian Cup will automatically qualify to play in the 2013 Libertadores Cup. The tournament is the shortest way for a Brazilian team to enter the continental competition. The winner of the Brazilian Cup will have played in a minimum of 8 or a maximum of 10 games.

Editor:Wang Lingfei |Source: Xinhua

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