Ronaldinho sent off after scoring in Flamengo win

TALES AZZONI AP Sports Writer Published:

SAO PAULO (AP) -- Ronaldinho scored a goal but was sent off in the first half of Flamengo's 2-0 win over Fluminense in the Rio Cup on Sunday.

Ronaldinho converted a 23rd-minute penalty kick, then was red carded in the 40th after coming in too hard for the ball. The two-time FIFA Player of the Year received his first yellow card eight minutes into the match for a hard foul at Engenhao stadium.

World Cup veteran Kleberson scored for Flamengo in the 25th, and Brazil's most popular club held on despite Fluminense pressuring with its man advantage.

In the Sao Paulo state tournament, Palmeiras thrashed Botafogo 6-2 with two goals by Argentine striker Hernan Barcos. The team moved to within a point of leader Corinthians.