July 16, 2020 / 2:55 AM / 23 days ago

Flamengo win Rio de Janeiro state championship

Carioca Championship - Final - Flamengo v Fluminense - Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - July 15, 2020 Flamengo's Willian Arao celebrates with the trophy after winning the Campeonato Carioca, following the resumption of play behind closed doors after the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Flamengo clinched a second consecutive Rio de Janeiro state championship after an injury-time goal from Vitinho gave them a 1-0 win over Fluminense on Wednesday and a 3-1 aggregate triumph.

The victory, which followed a 2-1 win in the first leg on Sunday, comes less than a month after the tournament, which kicked off in late January, was restarted after a three-month hiatus caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The success of the Rio club, who are also reigning Brazilian first division and Copa Libertadores champions, may heat up speculation surrounding their Portuguese coach Jorge Jesus, who has been strongly linked with a return to former club Benfica.

Writing by Andrew Downie in London; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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