Wed, 01 Dec 2021

RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) -- Attacking midfielder Nikao scored two first-half goals as Athletico Paranaense advanced to the Copa do Brasil final with a 3-0 away victory over Flamengo on Thursday.

Jose Ivaldo was also on the scoresheet with a late strike at the Maracana as Paranaense completed a 5-2 win on aggregate after the teams drew 2-2 in the first leg of their semifinal last week.

The team from Curitiba in southern Brazil will meet Atletico Mineiro in the final over two legs on December 12 and 15.

Atletico progressed after second-half goals from Hulk and Diego Costa gave them a 2-1 win at Fortaleza on Wednesday. Romarinho scored a consolation goal for the hosts in second-half stoppage time.

The result meant Atletico won 6-1 on aggregate following the Belo Horizonte side's 4-0 home win in the first leg last week.

Both Atletico Mineiro and Athletico Paranaense are aiming to win the Copa do Brasil for a second time. Atletico won in 2014 and Paranaense in 2019.

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