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By Robbie Blakeley, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The first leg of the Copa do Brasil final between Atlético-PR and Flamengo ended 1-1 last night in Curitiba. The draw leaves the two legged final beautifully poised for next week's return at the Maracanã Stadium.

Two beautiful strikes in the first half were the highlights of a tense game. It was clear neither side wanted to cede the advantage and the second half was a cagey affair with few chances.

Flamengo's away goal could be vital. If the second leg ends in a 0 . . .

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