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By Doug Gray, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO – The return of Adriano to Flamengo’s front line was all the side required to emphatically answer their critics after a poor start to the season. The local hero grabbed a hat trick at home against league leaders Internacional as the side went on to win 4 x 0.

Fluminense lost 3 x 2 away to the bottom club Avai despite having overcome a two goal deficit, and Botafogo suffered a third defeat of the season, beaten 4 x 3 by Vitoria in a thrilling encounter in Bahia. The win pushes Flamengo . . .

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