Botafogo earn Copa do Brasil draw with Flamengo

Updated: Sep 26, 2013, 13:41 PM IST

Rio de Janeiro: Edilson struck early in the second half to earn Botafogo a 1-1 draw against Rio de Janeiro rivals Flamengo in their Copa do Brasil quarterfinal first leg here.

Former Arsenal defender Andre Santos gave the `Rubro-Negro` the lead in the opening minutes at the Maracana stadium Wednesday when he headed in after Paulinho`s pull-back from a Joao Paulo cross, reports Xinhua.

Edilson`s equaliser came when his angled drive deflected in off teenage defender Samir.

The second leg will be played at the Maracana next Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Corinthians drew 0-0 with Gremio and Goias beat Vasco da Gama 2-1. Internacional will host Atletico Paranaense in the other quarterfinal first leg Thursday.

The winner of the Copa do Brasil earns an automatic berth in next year`s Copa Libertadores, South America`s elite club competition.

IANS