May 1st marks the death anniversary of F1 legend, Ayrton Senna. He was famous internationally but no more so than in his homeland of Brazil. Last night his favorite soccer team, the São Paulo-based SC Corinthians Paulista, paid tribute during the game’s opening ceremony by briefly donning replicas of Senna’s racing helmet. Fans in the crowd waved banners in memory of the hometown hero as the team won the match, beating Nacional 3-0 and advancing to next round of the Copa do Brasil.
Corinthians players entered the field using F1 helmets in honor to Brazilian F1 driver Ayrton Senna who died 20 years ago on May 1st, 1994. Senna was a declared Corinthians fan.
Copa do Brasil 2014 – Second Round
Nacional (AM) 0-3 Corinthians (SP)
Arena Amazonia – Manaus
6´ Cléber 0-1
21´ Paolo Guerrero 0-2
62´ Romarinho 0-3
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About Copa do Brasil
Copa do Brasil is one of the most important football competitions in Brazil played by 86 clubs from all over the country, including the 70 best-placed clubs in the state champions, the top 10 clubs in CBF rank, the 5 clubs playing Copa Libertadores and the last year Brazilian national champion which joins the competition directly in Round-of-16.
The competition system is based on single elimination knockout rounds featuring two-legged ties. In the first two rounds, if the away team wins the first match by 2 or more goals, it advances straight to the next round avoiding the second leg. The winner of Copa do Brasil becomes eligible to play in Copa Libertadores next year.
Grêmio and Cruzeiro are the most successful clubs with 4 titles each, followed by Flamengo and Corinthians, with 3, and Palmeiras, with 2. The current champion is Flamengo.