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By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - And then there were two. On Sunday, April 30th, Rio de Janeiro's top two football (soccer) clubs, Flamengo and Fluminense, faced off at iconic Maracanã Stadium in the first of two matches to decide the winner of the 2017 Campeonato Carioca.

In front of 40,000-plus fans, Flamengo showed it was the superior team on Sunday, outplaying Fluminense on both sides of the ball, offense and defense, to take the opener 1-0.

Flamengo looked sharp from the opening whistle. The Rubro-Negra barely missed on a . . .

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