Football: Exeter lift silverware in Rio rematch

English fourth tier side Exeter City lifted silverware in Rio on Sunday as they played a rematch of Brazil's first ever international encounter.

The minnows from southwestern England, who have never played even in the second division, played out a goalless draw with hosts Fluminense, who fielded their under23 side at the same stadium which hosted their first encounter on July 21, 1914.

As the visitors, Exeter were awarded the Marcos Carneiro de Mendonca Cup, named after Brazil's first goalkeeper, who also played for Fluminense.

Exactly a century ago, the Brazilian authorities invited Exeter, who had been touring in Argentina, to come and play a Sao Paulo and Rio select XI and subsequently recognized the match as Brazil's first ever international.

"It's a massive honour to come over here and win the trophy. It's a very different pre-season from the ones we're used to. Usually we only play local sides," City skipper Scot Bennett told AFP as he held the trophy aloft to cheers from a 180-strong Exeter contingent.

"It's been absolutely brilliant. We proved we are a good footballing side and we must press on from here and get promotion."

Exeter lost the 1914 match 2-0 and several of the team perished in World War I, which started before they had returned home by boat.

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