- Title: Flamengo through to Rio de Janeiro soccer state final after tough draw
- Date: 16th July 2020
- Summary: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (JULY 15, 2020) (REUTERS) FLAMENGO TEAM BUS ON THE ROAD, FIREWORKS GOING OFF NEAR BUS FLAMENGO FANS GATHERED NEAR BUS CLOSE TO MARACANA STADIUM, FLARES GOING OFF FLAMENGO FANS OUT ON STREET TO CELEBRATE (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) FLAMENGO FAN, RAFAEL PIRES, SAYING: "This is Flamengo. As a big fan of Flamengo, nothing can separate us (from the team), not even the pandemic. Of course there are precautions and care being taken because Flamengo is passion and emotions. Flamengo is the soul. This is Flamengo." (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) FLAMENGO FAN, MOYSES JUNIOR, SAYING: "I think that soccer is an example (amid pandemic). People can't go into stadiums. Players (in Flamengo) are setting an example, going on with life, with a commitment to getting tested before. I am in favour of soccer continuing despite the political problems that exist." VARIOUS OF FLAMENGO FANS CELEBRATING OUTSIDE MARACANA FLUMINENSE TEAM BUS NEAR MARACANA, ENTERING STADIUM GROUNDS EXTERIOR OF GROUNDS OF MARACANA STADIUM WITH FIELD HOSPITAL FOR CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS NEARBY
- Embargoed: 30th July 2020 02:02
- Keywords: Carioca Flamengo Fluminese Maracana coronavirus football pandemic soccer
- Location: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
- City: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
- Country: Brazil
- Topics: Soccer,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA001CN26AFB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Flamengo have secured a ticket to Rio de Janeiro's state football championship, after the side secured a tie against rivals Fluminense to take them through on aggregate points.
On Sunday (July 12), Flamengo beat Fluminense 2-1 in the first of two-leg matches. Wednesday's (July 15) draw was enough to see the reigning champions make it through.
Rio is one of the few states in Brazil to resume football after a three-month hiatus due to the new coronavirus pandemic.
Although fans are not allowed inside stadiums to watch the matches, this did not stop Flamengo fans from celebrating outside the Maracana.
More than 75,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Brazil, more than any country outside the United States.
(Production: Sergio Queiroz, Paul Vieira)
- Copyright Holder: REUTERS
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