Flamengo win Rio de Janeiro’s state championship

epa08548783 Players of Flamengo pose with the championship trophy after the Carioca Championship second leg final match between Flamengo and Fluminenes at Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 15 July 2020. EPA-EFE/ANTONIO LACERDA

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Flamengo clinched a second consecutive Rio de Janeiro state championship after an injury-time goal from Vitinho gave them a 1-0 win over Fluminense on Wednesday and a 3-1 aggregate triumph.

The victory, which followed a 2-1 win in the first leg on Sunday, comes less than a month after the tournament, which kicked off in late January, was restarted after a three-month hiatus caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The success of the Rio club, who are also reigning Brazilian first division and Copa Libertadores champions, may heat up speculation surrounding their Portuguese coach Jorge Jesus, who has been strongly linked with a return to former club Benfica.


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