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Flamengo, Corinthians Gain Edge In Carioca Finals

A first-half goal from forward Everton handed a 1-0 victory over Fluminense in the first leg of ’s Carioca championship final here on Sunday.

Everton capitalized on a Renato Chaves error to blast an angled shot into the top left corner just after the half-hour mark.

The result at the Maracana stadium means Flamengo need only a draw in next Sunday’s return leg – at the same venue – to claim the Rio state title for a 34th time.

In Sao Paulo, moved to within touching distance of their 28th Paulista championship title after a 3-0 away victory over Ponte Preta in the first leg of the final.

Rodriguinho netted either side of halftime while former Brazil midfielder Jadson was also on the scoresheet with a 59th-minute strike at the Moises Lucarelli stadium in Campinas.

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