Flamengo ease to 3-0 Carioca state win against Cabofriense
Flamengo will take a commanding lead into the second leg of their Carioca state championship semi final against Cabofriense in two days' time after beating their oppoents for the second time in the space of a week on Wednesday evening.
The Rio de Janeiro giants beat their lesser known rivals 5-3 on Saturday in the final group game of the tournament and delivered again by thrashing them 3-0 to all but guarantee a place in the final and a chance to play for a state crown against the winners of Fluminense and Vasco da Gama.
Flamengo took a 1-0 lead into half time after a strike from midfielder Everton and cantered away to victory thanks to further scores from on loan forward Paulinho and 33 year-old veteran Alecsandro.
Flamengo have won the Carioca on 32 occasions and will almost certainly be lining up against a fellow Rio heavyweight in the final this year.