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SAO PAULO (AP) Flamengo relinquished a two-goal first-half lead in a 2-2 draw against Santos in the Brazilian league on Sunday, disappointing a record crowd of 61,421 at the Maracana Stadium.
It was the biggest crowd of this year's championship, surpassing the 59,612 that attended a match hosted by Sao Paulo at the Morumbi Stadium a few rounds ago. Among those at the Maracana was mixed martial arts fighter Ronda Rousey, who on Saturday successfully defended her bantamweight title at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro.
The draw halted Flamengo's surge in the standings, keeping the popular Brazilian club in 11th place with 20 points from 16 rounds. Flamengo was trying to win its third straight game, and fourth in the last five rounds.