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By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In a repeat performance of their win over Fluminense in the Campeonato Carioca semi-finals, Vasco struck again in the game's final minute to take the first leg of the Campeonato Carioca final, 3-2, over Botafogo on Sunday, April 1st. With the win, Vasco carries the goal advantage into next Sunday's second and deciding match.

At one time, the Campeonato Carioca (Rio State championship) was decided between the winners of the tournament's first two phases: the Taça Guanabara and the Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?