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By Robbie Blakeley, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Fluminense have one hand on the Campeonato Carioca, the Rio de Janeiro state championship, after comprehensively dispatching Botafogo 4-1 in the first leg of the final. Fred, Rafael Sóbis (two) and youngster Marcos Junior did the damage after the Tricolor suffered an early fright by falling behind to Renato's volley.

True to form, veteran maestro Deco conducted the Fluzão orchestra as his experience and craft created a gaping chasm between the sides that could not be filled. In his quest he was . . .

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