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Vasco beats Flamengo 3-2 to reach Rio Cup final

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.