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By Doug Gray, Senior Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO – They may have left it late, but their timing could not be better. Whilst first Palmeiras and now Sao Paulo appear to have faltered at the crucial minute, Flamengo finally seized the moment this weekend and surged to the top of the league with just one game left to play.

Nerves will no doubt play a big part next weekend at a sold-out Maracana, the team knowing that a win will see them champions, but their neighbors Fluminense and Botafogo also face nail biting climaxes to their seasons. Flu are out . . .

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