Júlio César saves Brazil’s blushes

June 1, 2008 at 02:00 4 comments

Júlio César in form for Brazil

Brazil got the first of the two friendly internationals off to a winning start squeezing past a resilient Canada 3×2 in the Qwest Field stadium in Seattle.
The result though was down to some poor finishing from the Canadians and some excellent stops from Brazil keeper, Júlio César, rather than any brilliance from the South Americans.
Certainly coach Dunga would not have been too happy with the way that Brazil gave away possession in midfield and how his regular centreback pairing of Juan and Lúcio struggled with balls played down the centre of the defence.

Dunga, however, would have been pleased with the start Brazil made.

3 minutes in to the match, Diego struck from close range after some great footwork from his former Santos teammate, Robinho.

Brazil then began a spot of showboating with Robinho, in particular, spraying the ball about with panache.

But as they are wont to do when they think the game is already won, Brazil became slapdash and Canada soon equalised when Rob Friend headed home after he beat keeper Júlio César in the air.

Brazil were caught napping again when Nakajima broke from midfield. But with only Júlio César to beat, the Canadian lobbed the ball wide.

On a hard, greasy pitch Brazil had problems keeping their footing but this didn’t seem to affect Canada who were having the better of the half.

As Brazil failed to get to grips with the conditions, Canada began to enjoy a period of control hitting the side netting and testing the Brazilian keeper again.

On the 41st minute, Brazil were opened up down the centre once more and Júlio César did well to save De Rosario’s effort.

But moments later, Gilberto broke down the left; Pat Onstad failed to hold Luís Fabiano’s header and Brazil ended the first-half with an undeserved lead.

The second period got off a leisurely start but Canada it seemed were still keen to embarrass Brazil.

With 50 minutes on the clock, they did just that after they were back on level terms thanks to Guzman’s unstoppable shot. 

Two minutes later, Brazil thought they’d gone back in front when Luis Fabiano fired home but the striker was offside.

But Brazil didn’t have to wait long. Robinho pounced on to a loose pass, and rounded Onstad before slotting the ball in.

Dunga then began to make changes including the introduction of Adriano. But the biggest cheer from the crowd came when AC Milan’s Alexandre Pato got to his feet.

However, Canada were not impressed and continued to take the game to the South Americans.

Nsaliwa had a great chance to make it 3×3 when he danced past a static defence and then shot just wide.

Brazil held on for the win but it was less than convincing from a full-strength side against plucky, yet moderate opposition.


See the goals here

Brazil 3×2 Canada

Qwest Field, Seattle (USA). 31/05/2008. Referee: Kevin Stott (USA). Ass: Anthony Vasoli (USA), Jeff Hosking (USA). Attendance: 47,052

Brazil: Júlio César, Maicon (Daniel Alves), Lúcio (Luisão), Juan, Gilberto; Mineiro, Josué, Júlio Baptista (Elano), Diego (Pato); Robinho (Rafael Sobis), Luis Fabiano (Adriano). Coach: Dunga

Canada: Onstad, Klukowski, Hastings, Stalteri, Serioux; Nakajima, Hutchinson (Bernier), De Rosario (Peters), De Guzman (Nsaliwa); Friend, Radzinski (Jong). Coach: Dale Mitchell

Goals: Diego, 4; Friend, 9; Luis Fabiano, 44; De Guzman, 50; Robinho, 62.




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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. frost  |  June 1, 2008 at 12:57

    I wasn’t there, but I sure appreciate your comments and analysis, especially that “hard, greasy” field. The stupid make-believe grass is a sick joke – – even colleges and high schools are substituting the Real Thing with Astroturf or some other dumb replacement. Methinks they want to save the cost of a groundskeeper and lawnmower, idiots!
    They’ll probably have a similar surface to deal with next week in Boston.
    And, congratulations to the Canadians for putting up a fight and not caving-in to the Brazilian mistique — perhaps this woke up Brasil, maybe??
    And, again, even though futebol and jazz aren’t exactly in the same category (okay, they CAN be, but…) please say “Oi” to Arlindo Coutinho of Globo in Rio — nice guy I met last year while spending a month listening to music and perusing the beaches, from Leme to Leblon.
    Continued success!

  • 2. frost  |  June 1, 2008 at 13:25

    Sorry, I misspoke earlier. Those idiot dingdongs laid real grass on top of a phony astroturf-type surface, and thought it was okay?
    Such dumbies!

  • 3. pitacodogringo  |  June 2, 2008 at 19:59

    Actually, i was in Rio on Sunday doing the Santos vs SP game (don’t ask! haha). Unfortunately, we work in a different place to the Arlindo Coutinhos of this world but if i do ever bump into him ….

  • 4. David Knowles  |  June 6, 2008 at 00:52

    I was there and the Samba Boys did not disappoint the crowd, but neither did the Boys in Red. It was a highly entertaining game with great atmosphere, along with the City of Seattle being great hosts!
    Had the Canadians the same finishing displayed by the Yellow shirts, the result would have been very different.


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