Vasco beats Flamengo 3-2 to reach Rio Cup final

By Tales Azzoni

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, April 22 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Flamengo's Gonzalez, top, and Vasco da Gama's Renato Silva, bottom, jump for a high ball during a Copa Carioca Rio de Janeiro state championship soccer semifinal match in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, April 22, 2012.

Victor R. Caivano, Associated Press

SAO PAULO — Vasco da Gama recovered from conceding an early goal to defeat Flamengo 3-2 on Sunday and reach the Rio Cup final.

Playmaker Felipe scored twice in Vasco's victory, which added even more pressure on Ronaldinho's Flamengo after the popular team's early elimination in the Copa Libertadores just over a week ago.

Vasco will now play Botafogo, which on Saturday defeated Bangu 4-2 in the other semifinal in the second stage of the Rio championship.

In the quarterfinals of the Sao Paulo state tournament, Brazilian champion Corinthians lost 3-2 at home to Ponte Preta.

Defending champion Santos advanced with a 2-0 win over Mogi Mirim, while Sao Paulo secured a place in the semifinals by beating Bragantino 4-1 on Saturday.

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