Monday, 2 May 2011

Campeonato Carioca - Taça Rio Final

Vasco da Gama 0-0 Flamengo
Flamengo wins 3-1 after penalty competition

Flamengo were crowned champions of the Carioca for the 32nd time yesterday after completing the double of Taça Guanabara and Rio with victory over Vasco da Gama on penalties in from of 38,000 at the Engenhão. The game never lived up to expectations, chances were few and far between with Thiago Neves of Flamengo and Éder Luís of Vasco have the best chances for their sides in the first half. Then in the last minute Allan of Vasco and Willian of Flamengo were given straight red cards after a head to head confrontation.

With no goals in regulation the game went straight to a penalty shoot out, Vasco were first up and Alecsasandro blasted his penalty past Felipe before Renato Abreu levelled for Flamengo. Bernardo then put his penalty wide of the post before Fierro put his into Row Z to keep it level. Felipe Bastos then put his penalty wide before Fernando coolly put Flamengo ahead. Élton then put his penalty wide also after sending Felipe the wrong way to put Flamengo on the hill and Thiago Neves duly stepped up to win the Taça Rio and Campeonato Carioca for Flamengo.

With Flamengo claiming the double of both Guanabara and Rio it means they are automatically crowned State Champions and for the second year in a row there is no need for the play off to crown the State Champions.

Trofeu Carlos Alberto Torres

Boavista 1-3 Madureira

Madureira upset the form book as they surprised Boavista to take the Trofeu Carlos Alberto Torres at the Engenhão. Rodrigo put Madureira ahead with just eight minutes on the clock and he doubled the lead six minutes before the break. Boavista's leading scorer Frontini got them back in the game seven minutes after the break but Adriano Magrão restored the two goal advantage four minutes later and there was to be no comeback from Boavista as Madureira claimed the honours.

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