RIO DE JANEIRO, July 27 (Xinhua) -- Flamengo ended an eight-game winless run by defeating local rivals Botafogo 1-0 in Brazil's Serie A championship.
Alecsandro's first-half header was enough to hand former Real Madrid manager Vanderlei Luxemburgo victory in his first game since replacing Ney Franco as Flamengo coach.
"The performance wasn't ideal but the commitment from the players was," Luxemburgo said after the match.
"Let's enjoy the victory and then on Tuesday we'll focus on building a team. It's important the players understand the performance was good, but that there were some technical errors."
Sunday's victory at the Maracana stadium lifted Flamengo from last in the league standings to 18th while Botafogo slipped to 13th.
Meanwhile Kaka scored on his return to Sao Paulo, but could not help his team avoid a 2-1 defeat at Goias.
Playing his first match for the Tricolor since 2003, Kaka struck in the 76th minute after Amaral and Bruno Mineiro opened the scoring for the hosts.
In other matches on Sunday, Fluminense won 3-0 at Atletico Paranaense, Corinthians overcame Palmeiras 2-0, Goias beat Sao Paulo 2-1, Sport disposed of Atletico Mineiro 2-1 and Coritiba won 3-2 at Gremio.