Reuters - Thu, 18 Feb 10:28:00 2010
Brazilian champions Flamengo lost for the first time in 14 matches going back to October when they were upset 2-1 by Botafogo in their Carioca championship semi-final.
Botafogo go through to Sunday's final of the first phase of the Rio state championship against Vasco da Gama, while Flamengo will look to recover in a bid for a fourth consecutive Carioca title in the second stage starting in 10 days time.
Flamengo, favourites to beat a team they had not lost to in 10 derbies since April 2008, went ahead in the 25th minute at the Maracana when midfielder Vinicius Pacheco exchanged a one-two with Vagner Love and scored.
Botafogo equalised nine minutes before half-time when left back Marcelo Cordeiro volleyed home the rebound after goalkeeper Bruno had blocked German Herrera's shot.
Former Flamengo and South Africa coach Joel Santana played a part in Botafogo's winner when he sent on Caio midway through the second half and the striker scored from Herrera's pass.
Referee Luiz Antonio Silva dos Santos made a bizarre decision during the match. Having sent off midfielder Fahel for a second yellow card after a foul on Toro, he reversed the decision following protests from Botafogo players and instead booked Fabio Ferreira, who appeared to have had no part in the incident.