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Fluminense advances to finals of Guanabara Cup

2012-02-24 02:13:10 GMT2012-02-24 10:13:10(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- In the single elimination semifinals match of the Guanabara Cup, Fluminense beat Botafogo on penalty kicks on Thursday to advance to the finals.

After a first half full of missed opportunities by both teams, Botafogo scored the game's first goal in the 74th minute. Sneaking behind the Fluminense defense, Herrera centered a pass to Elkeson who slid to meet the ball and deflect it into the goal.

Fluminense's Leandro Euzebio tied the match in the 79th minute on a great display of individual talent. Dominating the ball, Euzebio attacked the goal, drove past Botafogo keeper Jefferson and tapped the ball into the open goal.

With the match tied 1-1 after regulation, the decision as to which team will advance into the finals of the first half of the state championship was made by penalty shots.

Winning in penalty shots by 4-3, Fluminense advances to the finals of the Guanabara Cup against an undefeated Vasco da Gama.

The match is scheduled for February 26. The team that wins the match will guarantee its presence in the finals of the state championship.

Should a team win both the first half and the second half of the tournament, it will clinch the 2012 state title.

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