Classic Rio Football Match Inaugurates Brazil’s Most Modern Stadium
As if the rivalry of the oldest classic in Brazilian football was not enough, the game still had a special piquancy, the two teams being on the top of their form. Fluminense, from the state of Rio de Janeiro, current holders of the Brazilian Cup, played against a Botafogo side who are unbeaten in the Brazilian Championship. Alex Dias, one of the tricolor team forwards, scored the first goal of the match and, coincidentally, the first goal in the history of the new stadium. He received the Didi trophy, in homage to the former-player Valdir Pereira, who scored the first goal in the inauguration of the Maracanã stadium in 1950. But the day belonged to Botafogo who, with two goals from their forward Dodô, came from behind and took the João Havelange Trophy, commemorating the first victory in the Engenhão. The 2 to 1 victory guarantees Botafogo the sole leadership of the Brazilian Championship, with 20 points, five more than the next placed team, Goiás.
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