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By Doug Gray, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO – Flamengo were clearly not prepared to do their ailing rivals any favors on Sunday night as they disposed of Fluminense 2 x 0 with another masterful display from Adriano. A record crowd packed into the Maracanã to see Flamengo reaffirm their designs on a top-four finish, while Fluminense are surely now condemned to Serie B football next year as time runs out on their escape plan.

The same afternoon, Botafogo climbed one place nearer safety with a fine win away at Goiás.  This leaves them level on points with Santo . . .

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