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Botafogo welcomes Sampaio Correa to Nilton Santos and aims for a place in the 2024 Rio Cup final

Botafogo welcomes Sampaio Correa to Nilton Santos and aims for a place in the 2024 Rio Cup final

I'm looking for second and last place in the final Rio Cup, Botafogo that it Sampaio Correa They face each other on Sunday (17), at 6:30pm, at Nilton Santos Stadium. In the first match, Glorioso won 2-1, and because they have an equal advantage on points, and because they had a better season, it is possible that they could lose by one goal to guarantee the classification.

Radio Tupi is broadcasting the Botafogo x Sampaio Corrêa match with Jota Santiago and Gerson. Reporting will be prepared by Thiago Veras and Andre Ribeiro.


Botafogo is experiencing a prosperous season after the dismissal of Thiago Nunes, and is trying to achieve another positive result. In total, Glorioso have recorded five wins and one draw in their last six matches. In fact, the last commitment was the most special, when the club tied with Red Bull Bragantino, qualifying for the group stage of the Libertadores.

Part of this growth has to do with the work done by Fabio Matias, the black and white's frequent assistant.

Sampaio Correa, who made his debut in elite football in Rio, is bidding to win his first Serie A title. To do that, he will need to break a five-match streak without beating the so-called “big teams.” So far, there have been four defeats and one draw.

Despite the result, the Saquarema's campaign was widely celebrated, as the club, in its first opportunity in the elite, recorded three wins, one draw and seven defeats, defeating more traditional teams such as Madureira, Volta Redonda and Bangu.

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Alvinegro will once again spare starters

In an effort to rest key players, Fabio Matias chose not to include three athletes from the starting squad: midfielder Eduardo, striker Tequinho Soares and defender Alexandre Barboza. The trio wasn't even related. In fact, the trend is that, just as in the first match, Glorioso uses a team consisting mainly of athletes considered reserves. The only regular starter should be goalkeeper Gatito Fernandez.

In return, Botafogo “gets” an important reinforcement for the rest of the season: right-back Rafael. The athlete has not played since last July 2, when he suffered a serious injury to his left knee. Check out the relevant ones.

On Sampaio Correa's side, coach Alfredo Sampaio had a whole week to work and correct certain problems. The trend for him is to repeat the lineup of the first match, when the Saquarema club succeeded in intimidating at times, but failed to finish the attacks.

Botafogo: Gatito Fernandez; Raphael, Bastos, Cowan and Hugo; Gregory, Kawi and Diego Hernandez; Ray, Gunderson and Emerson Urso. Coach: Fabio Matias.

Sampaio Correa: Leandro; Lucas, Indio, Thuram and Guilherme; Dantas, Marcelo and Gabriel Agho; Bernan and Abner. Coach: Alfredo Sampaio.


The match referee is Yuri Elino Ferreira da Cruz, assisted by Rodrigo Figueiredo, Henrique Correa and Wallace Mueller Barros Santos. The VAR system will be under the leadership of Rodrigo Carvalhaes de Miranda.

Reclaiming the past

Sunday's match will be only the third official confrontation between Botafogo and Sampaio Correa. In the first stage, Glorioso won 2-0, and the goals of the match were scored by Junior Santos and Givinho. Last week, Jarlin and Sabata scored for the White and Black team, while Indio scored for the Saquarema.

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