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Soccer-Flamengo beat Palmeiras to win Brazilian Supercup

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BRASILIA (Reuters) - Flamengo won the Brazilian Supercup on Sunday, beating Palmeiras 6-5 in a gripping penalty shoot-out after the two sides drew 2-2 over 90 minutes.

Both sides squandered three of their first eight spot kicks before Mayke missed for Palmeiras and Rodrigo Caio scored for Flamengo to give the Rio de Janeiro club victory in the annual contest between the winners of the Brazilian league and the Brazilian Cup.

Palmeiras took the lead in the neutral venue of Brasilia after just two minutes when Raphael Veiga superbly flicked the ball round a defender and ran on to rifle home a low drive.

However, the 2020 league winners fought back quickly, with Gabriel Barbosa getting an equaliser midway through the first half and Giorgian De Arrascaeta putting them 2-1 up on the stroke of halftime.

Veiga got his and Palmeiras' second in the 74th minute when he scored from the spot after Rony was felled in the box but neither side could get the goal to prevent the final going to penalties.

The triumph continues an excellent run for Flamengo. The Rio side won the Copa Libertadores and Brazilian league in 2019 and retained their league title earlier this year after a delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

(Reporting by Andrew Downie; Editing by Christian Radnedge)