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Sao Caetano upsets Santos 2-0 in Sao Paulo state championship final

Sao Caetano upsets Santos 2-0 in Sao Paulo state championship final

Strikers Luiz Henrique and Somalia scored and Sao Caetano stunned Santos 2-0 in the first leg of the Sao Paulo state championship finals on Sunday.
In the Rio de Janeiro state championship finals, Flamengo rallied to draw rival Botafogo 2-2 in the first leg at Maracana stadium.
Luiz Henrique opened the scoring early for Sao Caetano at Morumbi stadium, taking advantage of a breakaway in the eighth minute. He got past Santos' defenders after a long pass from defender Thiago and fired a right-footer from close range.
Striker Somalia added to the lead in the 81st, converting a penalty kick after Santos goalkeeper Fabio Costa fouled midfielder Marcelinho inside the box.
Sao Caetano was on the brink of only its second state title.
"We can't celebrate anything yet, it was just the first match," said Somalia, the competition's leading scorer with 13 goals.
Santos, a two-time Brazilian champion, entered the finals heavily favored to win its 17th state title. It dominated the entire competition and had the first stage's best campaign.
"Now we are in a difficult spot," veteran Santos defender Antonio Carlos said. "We kind of lost our calm today and now we need to try to revert the result next week."
Santos has another tough match before the second leg against Sao Caetano next Sunday. It will travel to Venezuela to play Caracas in the second round of the Copa Libertadores on Wednesday.
The Brazilian club is trying to win back-to-back state championships for the first time since Palmeiras in 1993 and 1994.
Sao Caetano stunned Sao Paulo _ the 2005 champion and last year's runner-up _ in the semifinals, winning the second leg 4-1 and advancing to the final 5-2 on aggregate.
A small club from an industrial suburb of Sao Paulo, Sao Caetano won the 2004 state championship, its only significant title so far. It burst onto the national stage in 2000, twice in a row finishing runner-up in the Brazilian league. The team reached the Copa Libertadores final in 2002, losing to Paraguay's Olimpia at home.
In Rio de Janeiro, Flamengo got two second-half goals to earn the 2-2 draw against defending champion Botafogo at Maracana.
Veteran striker Dodo put Botafogo ahead in the 31st minute, completing a low cross from midfielder Ze Roberto, and playmaker Lucio Flavio added to the lead in the 40th, dribbling past two defenders before finding the net of Flamengo goalkeeper Bruno.
Flamengo got on the board in the 63rd with a penalty kick converted by Renato, who was taken down inside the area by goalkeeper Julio Cesar. The foul prompted the referee to eject Julio Cesar.
Flamengo's second goal came in the 78th when striker Souza hit the net from the six-yard line after substitute Botafogo goalkeeper Max failed to hold on to a ball crossed into the area.
Flamengo's Leo Lima and Botafogo's Diguinho were sent off in the 80th after an altercation between the two.
The result in front of more than 46,000 fans at Maracana kept alive Botafogo's nine-match unbeaten streak. It hasn't lost since a 2-1 result against America on March 25.
Before the match, local media reported that at least one Flamengo fan was injured by gunfire after a brawl between supporters from both clubs outside Maracana. The fan was believed to be in good condition, local media said.
Botafogo, seeking its 19th Rio title, reached the final by winning the Rio Cup, or the tournament's second stage. Flamengo, seeking its 29th title and first since 2004, won the Guanabara Cup, or the first stage.
Both Flamengo and Botafogo have important matches before the second leg next Sunday. Flamengo will face Uruguay's Defensor Sporting on Wednesday in the Copa Libertadores, while Botafogo plays Atletico Mineiro in the Brazilian Cup on the same day.


Updated : 2020-12-02 12:12 GMT+08:00