30,000 tickets already sold for Carioca finale
Sunday's second leg of the Carioca state championship final between Flamengo and Vasco da Gama has already sold more that 30,000 for what is sure to be a white-hot atmosphere at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. Any fans from around the globe wishing to get a taste of the iconic stadium post-regeneration should try to access the game as these two fierce rivals go head to head to be crowned the best in the region.
After a 1-1 first leg stalemate, the two great rivals will be looking to win the final game before the national league kicks off in earnest next weekend. Indeed, Flamengo will be hoping to lift a second piece of silverware in the space of a matter of months; they won the Copa do Brasil last term to qualify for the Copa Libertadores in 2014.
Vasco, on the other hand, will be aiming to show that heir recent relegation to Serie B will be a short-lived affair.