Brazil: Flamengo claim Carioca title (+video)
Flamengo clinched the Campeonato Carioca title for the 32nd time in their history after defeating arch-rivals Vasco da Gama in a penalty shoot-out following a goalless Taça Rio final on Sunday.
Having already won the Taça Guanabara earlier in the campaign, a win for Flamengo would ensure that they avoided a further two-legged play-off in order to decide the title. Vasco da Gama were the only team who could postpone Flamengo’s title celebrations but, in a poor game, neither they nor Flamengo really got going and it was perhaps appropriate that the game would be decided by the lottery of penalty kicks. Vasco would rue their inability from twelve yards out as only Alecssandro proved to be successful out of four attempts. Flamengo, on the other hand, only missed one spot kick out of four with Renato Abreu, Fernando and Thiago Neves ensuring that a fifth penalty kick was unnecessary and gave Flamengo another state championship crown.
WATCH FLAMENGO v VASCO DA GAMA PENALTY SHOOT-OUT HERE: