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By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On Wednesday, November 23rd, the first leg of the Copa do Brasil (Brazil Cup) championship final got underway as Grêmio traveled to Belo Horizonte to take on Atlético-MG at Mineirão Stadium. In an intense game, Grêmio overpowered the home team, 3x1, to take the opener in the home-away final.

For most of the first half, both teams appeared evenly matched with neither club able . . .

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