Brazil 1×0 Sweden: Pato’s brilliance steals show

March 26, 2008 at 19:05 Leave a comment

pato-celebrates-2.jpgDebut boy Alexandre Pato grabbed the only goal of an even match in the Emirates stadium on Wednesday. 

The AC Milan player joined an illustrious company that includes Rivaldo, Zico, Pelé, and Ronaldinho Gaúcho who all scored on their debuts for Brazil. Pato’s goal came 11 minutes after his introduction in the second half. The youngster raced onto Anderson’s ball to Brazil’s right touchline. Sweden keeper Rami Shabaan came out of his area to clear but the ball hit Pato who reacted by belting it into an empty net.  

See the goal  

The match 

The Brazil fans were out in force in the Emirates stadium. The event got off to a very good start with the quickest version of the Brazil national anthem I’ve ever heard (I wish they’d use it here in São Paulo!). Sweden were in their traditional yellow while Brazil were kitted out in their blue away shirts. 

Robinho had an early opportunity but shot wide on the 6th minute. Elmander and Källström created half chances for Sweden before Robinho hit post. Though the Real Madrid man was clearly offside.  

The Europeans enjoyed a fair amount of possession but then Diego came close to breaking the deadlock after he hit the side netting. 

On the 24th minute, Rosenburg had a good effort on goal after Sweden broke from midfield. 

But the first half finished scoreless with Brazil having more chances from Júlio Baptista, Diego and Luís Fabiano strike (who had done nothing till this point).  

Halftime 0x0 

The second period saw early pressure from Sweden. But the match started to go Brazil’s way when Dunga began to bring on players eligible to turn out for the country’s Under 23 squad for the Beijing Olympics. 

On first were Anderson and Pato on for Julio Baptista and Luís Fabiano. This was Pato’s debut for the senior squad. Manchester united player Ânderson was constantly booed when he had the ball. Presumably this was by the Arsenal and Chelsea fans in the stadium. The highly-rated Hernanes then came in for his former teammate, Josué.  

Brazil had a penalty appeal when Diogo appeared to be shoved in the back but referee Mike Riley waved the appeals away. 

On the 65th minute, another debut man, Thiago Neves, came on for Diego and Brazil began taking game to Sweden.

The crucial moment came on the 71st minute when Pato lived up to all the hype to delight Brazil. 

Dunga also gave run outs to more U23 players as Marcelo came on for Richarlyson and Rafinha ran out for Daniel Alves.  

The last real chance came 9 minutes before full-time when Rosenburg hit his shot straight at Júlio César.   

Venue: Emirates Stadium, London, England
26 March 2008
Referee: Mike Riley

Sweden: Isaksson (Rami Shabaan), Stoor, Nilsson (Dorsin), Mellberg, Majstorvic, Larsson (Alexanderson), Ljungberg (Wilhemsson), Svensson (Allback), Källström, Rosenburg, Elmander (Bakircioglu) coach: Lars Lagerback – Yellows: Mellberg 

BRAZIL: Júlio César, Daniel Alves (Rafinha), Lúcio, Alex, Richarlyson (Marcelo), Gilberto Silva, Josué (Hernanes), Júlio Baptista (Anderson), Diego (Thiago Neves), Robinho, Luís Fabiano (Pato) coach: Dunga

Attendance: 60,021

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