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By Jayme Monsanto, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - Vasco da Gama fans had one extra reason to celebrate Carnival: their team defeated Fluminense in the Taça Guanabara semifinal and advanced to the next stage of the competition.

The match happened on Saturday night at the Maracanã Stadium, and even though Fluminense was superior the whole time, none of the teams scored in regulation time, and the result was only decided in a penalty shootout. Vasco da Gama was flawless in the shootout, while Fluminense missed a penalty and lost their chance of advancing to the Taça Guanabara . . .

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