Brazil – ARGENTINA 03/09/2006

Dunga’s new look Brazil thrashed Argentina 3-0 in the Emirates Stadium in London. Shouted on by London’s large Brazilian community, Elano scored twice and an excellent solo effort from Kaka gave Brazil the bragging rights in this South American derby.

With out the likes of Ronaldinho (injured), Ronaldo and Adriano. Brazil managed to out-play and out gun their South American rivals. But Dunga’s first victory came after he surprised most by leaving AC Milan star Kaka out of his midfield starting line up.

It was Brazil who took control from the start of the first half. Managing to maintain posession and creating far more chances in front of goal and it didnt take long for Brazil to score. Robinho’s ball split the Argentina defence and Elano ran through to slot home after just 3 minutes.

After the goal Brazil maintained control of the game with Lucio and Juan protecting Gomes in goal, Argentina’s attack could find no way through.

In the second half Argentina started the stronger side with Lionel Messi almost scoring with the first attack of the half, heading over from close range.

But after soaking up the pressure from Argentina, Brazil break forward, first Fred fires in a powerful shot that is well saved – and seconds later Elano finishes off (68min) a flowing move by slotting past Roberto Abbondanzieri. Netting his second of the game.

Argentinian heads dropped after the second goal and some nasty challenges lead to several yellow cards from English referee Steve Bennett.

But Brazil’s best was yet to come when Messi lost the ball on the half-way to Kaka who ran the entire length of the half before rounding Clemente Rodriguez and slotting neatly home for a brilliant goal in the 90th minute.

Dunga was clearly impressed with his teams display and especially their clinical finishing and with Ronaldinho set to return on Tuesday the future looks bright for Brazil.

Brazil next face Wales at White Hart Lane on Tuesday evening.

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Date: 9/3/2006
National Team: First Team
Country: UNITED-KINGDOM (London)
Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Competition: Friendlies match
Referee: Steve Bennet (Angleterre)

Teams Lineup

Gabriel Milito
Clemente Rodríguez
Samuel(Clemente Rodríguez, 46')
Sobossa (Mascherano, 46')
Aguero (Riquelme, 60')
Insua (Bilos, 71')

D. T.Alfio Basile


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