Serie A’s Classico Fails To Ignite

By Doug Gray, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO – Despite all the pre-match hype, the first Classico of the 2009 season between Flamengo and Fluminense finished goalless, damaging both sides’ aspirations of creeping into the top four after eight rounds.

Flamengo sits in seventh in the rankings, with Fluminense dropping to thirteenth and Botafogo slumped to the foot of the table, crashing to a 1 x 4 home defeat to Goias.

Fluminense 0 x 0 Flamengo: Both goalkeepers were kept busy throughout the game, but blame must lie at the feet of the strikers for squandering . . .

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