Rio de Janeiro, March 4 - Fluminense and Vasco da Gama claimed their first win after a disappointing start to the second half of the Rio de Janeiro state championship, also known as the Rio Cup.
Fluminense won at home against Nova Iguacu 3-0 while Vasco da Gama beat home team Olaria 2-0.
After winning the Guanabara Cup, Fluminense got off to an embarrassing start in the Rio Cup by losing to Resende 1-2. Determined to win in front of their home crowd, the team played nearly perfectly and shutout Nova Iguacu.
Fluminense's first goal came in the 26th minute. Receiving a great pass from Deco, Fred quickly rolled the ball off to Rafael Sobis in front of the Iguacu goal to tap the ball into the center of the net.
Returning to the second half, Sobis attempted a long range shot at the goal. The ball deflected off Marcelinho and fooled keeper Jefferson, flying into the back of the goal in the 71 minute.
Matheus Carvalho added to the Fluminense lead in the 76th minute when Souza rolled the ball behind his back to the cutting midfielder who then angled the ball across the defence and into the far right side of the Iguacu goal.
Fluminense will attempt to win the Rio Cup and clinch the title of the 2012 state champions. Fluminense will face cross-town rival Flamengo on March 11.
Also in the second round of the Rio Cup, Vasco da Gama found its first win Saturday by beating Olaria 2-0.
Vasco da Gama got off to a quick start by taking the early lead in the 12th minute.
They increased their lead in the 25th minute.