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By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On Sunday, February 12th, the 2017 Campeonato Carioca edged closer to closing out stage one (Taça Guanabara) of the tournament with two of Rio's big four going head-to-head as Flamengo clashed with Botafogo.

In an intense battle marred by violence before the game, the Rubro-Negra outlasted Botafogo 2-1 thanks to goals from Guerrero and Everton.

The stakes were high heading into Sunday's game at Engenhão. A Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?