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By Doug Gray, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO – A long-overdue win for Fluminense against Avaí on Sunday at the Maracanã closed the gap at the bottom of the league, but the team remains six points off safety. Under-fire manager Cuca will hope that it sparks a change in form that could still save their season against all odds after an eleven-game winless streak.

Flamengo meted out a soggy 0 x 0 draw against Internacional in dreadful conditions in Porto Alegre and Botafogo further complicated their situation with a 1 x 3 home defeat to Vitória, which . . .

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