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By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The finals of the 2017 Copa Sudamericana kicked off last night, December 6th, with Flamengo falling to Argentina's Independiente 2-1 in the first leg of the finals in Avellaneda, Argentina.

Yesterday's match capped a rollar-coaster week for the Rubro-Negra. The club punched its tickets to the Copa Sudamericana finals last Thursday (November 30th) thanks to a second-half brace . . .

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