By Jayme Monsanto, Senior Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO - Botafogo beat Vasco da Gama 2-0 to win the Taça Guanabara on Sunday evening, the first leg of the Campeonato Carioca, Rio de Janeiro State's hotly contested annual soccer championship. The match took place in front of a packed Maracanã Stadium, with an attendance of almost 82,000 people.
Before kick off both the Vasco and Botafogo fans temporarily forgot their rivalry, uniting to tease the absent Flamengo supporters. The stadium echoed to the sound of 82,000 voices singing 'cadê o império do amor?' ('where is . . .