Striker Gilberto headed home a free kick from close range two minutes before half time and then Jose Elber doubled their lead in the 85th minute with a clean finish.

Pedro Raul got a goal back for Botafogo in stoppage time but the three points went to Bahia and lifted them out the Serie A’s relegation zone.

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Botafogo are left languishing second from bottom of the 20-team table, a point behind Bahia and two points above last-place Goias. (Reporting by Andrew Downie in London; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)

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