Ronaldinho missed a penalty in the last kick of the game against MacaÃ© in their Rio Cup match. A win would have put Flamengo (who beat Botafogo in a crunch match last weekend thanks to two goals from Thiago Neves) top of their group and meant a semi-final at home to Olaria. With the draw, however, they finished second in their group behind Vasco (who drew 2-2 with Olaria and will face them in the semi) and now play away to Fluminense in the semi-final. Fluminense have recovered well in the competition and topped their group. They beat Nova IguaÃ§u 1-0 thanks to a Fred penalty. Botafogo are the one big club to have been knocked out and unsurprisingly their fans are not happy about it, cursing and swearing at their players, coach and Vasco.
The winner of the Rio Cup will go on to play Flamengo (who won the Guanabara Cup) to decide the winner of the State Championship. If Flamengo win the Rio Cup then they would win the State Championship as winners of both the Rio and Guanabara Cup. See explanation of the competition rules here. Iâ€™ve also added new tabs with the Rio and SÃ£o Paulo State Championships final league standings and knockout phase line-ups.
In the SÃ£o Paulo State Championship, the final league matches were played and the once glorious Portuguesa sneaked into the last eight with a last minute goal that bobbled off their players shin. The final positions also changed at the top of the table with Palmeiras dropping into second place, SÃ£o Paulo taking their place at the top. Santos and Corinthians switched between 3rd a 4th a couple of times throughout the afternoon (thanks to goal difference) but it was Corinthians who finished in third in the end. See league table and semi-final line-up here.