In an unforeseen turn of events, Botafogo football team missed out on the championship title in the Campeonato Brasileiro 2023, primarily due to the loss of 11 points against relegated teams. This surprising outcome underscores the significance of matches against lower-ranked opponents in a league competition.
Botafogo started the season with a 13-point lead, an advantage no other team in the history of Brazil's top-flight league has ever lost. However, this initial triumph was short-lived as they drew twice with Santos (2-2 and 1-1), lost and drew against Goiás (2-1 and 1-1, respectively), and drew with Coritiba (1-1). Despite managing to win both matches against América-MG, the damage had already been done.
Compared to Botafogo's disappointing run, Palmeiras, the championship-winning team, showed remarkable consistency by losing only five points against the relegated teams. This stark contrast in performance against the same teams highlights the criticality of these matches in deciding the final tally of points.
Botafogo's failure to capitalize on matches against lower-ranked teams has left fans dejected and disappointed. The team's collapse from a 13-point lead to missing out on the title by an equal number of points dropped against these teams is a harsh reminder of how unpredictable and cruel football can sometimes be. The club's long-suffering supporters are left waiting once again for their first national title since 1995.