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Flamingo and Fluminense begin the Carioca championship decision

The classic Fla x Flu game will determine who will be the champion of Rio de Janeiro in 2021. The first match in the final will take place on Saturday (15), 9:05 PM (Brasilia time), in the Maracana. The second match for the decision will be at the end of the other week, on Day 22. In a 180-minute duel, whoever wins the title wins the best score on the overall scoreboard. In the event of a tie, the cup will be played by penalties.

In this first game, fans will not be present due to the restrictive measures in Rio de Janeiro due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The tricolor, red, and black are the state’s biggest winners. In all, Flamengo has 36 trophies in the club’s cup room, compared to Fluminense’s 31. In addition to the traditions of the competition, the duel in the Finals in which the two teams participate, shows balance. The ten times they faced each other with a decision from Carioc√£o, each team won five wins.

Flamengo is looking for his third title this year, because in the last two editions (2019 and 2020) he has summoned the champ. If that happened, the Reds-Lions would win the third sixth championship in the history of the Carioca tournament.

Fluminense, despite his strength in official football, lives eight years without ever winning the Cup. The last time was in 2012, when the tricolor became champion with two victories over Botafogo.