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By Doug Gray, Senior Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO – It feels like a long time ago that all the focus seemed to be on the demise of Carioca football compared with the Paulista outfits riding high in the league, and now with three games left Flamengo are pushing their rivals all the way.

Three wins will be enough to secure Sao Paulo their for a record-breaking fourth successive title, but Flamengo moved into second place over the weekend with a straightforward away win against Nautico and are dreaming of a first league win since 1992. If it goes down to . . .

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