Hernanes gets only goal as Brazil make heavy work of Belgium

August 7, 2008 at 09:57 2 comments

Ronadinho Gaúcho gets a piece of Hernanes

Ronadinho Gaúcho gets a piece of Hernanes

Brazil got the win they needed in their opener in the Beijing Olympics but it wasn’t pretty.

The South Americans played badly in the first-half as most of the chances fell to Belgium.

Only after the sendings off of Kompany and Fellaini did Brazil begin to impose themselves and it was São Paulo’s Hernanes who put the ball away on the 76 minute mark.

The three points though will come as something of a relief for under pressure coach Dunga.

Despite all the attacking ability on the pitch, it took Brazil 15 minutes to get close to the opposition goal and then Marcelo put his effort well wide.

Moments later, a better opportunity fell to Fellaini who hit Brazil’s woodwork.

Brazil improved in the second-period but Alexandre Pato wasted a couple of half chances.

Again Belgium were denied by the woodwork when Mirallas got away from Alex Silva.

Kompany was then red-carded for bringing down Diego and Brazil began to find more space.

And it was a move between Diego and Hernanes that led to the goal. The two combined on the left, and Hernanes went past Simayes before firing home for his first goal for Brazil.  

Late in the game, Belgium’s Fellaini was ordered off and Brazil substitute Jô had the ball in the back of the net but was ruled offside.

Dunga’s men got the win that was expected but back in Brazil the result was met with a degree of apathy. Not that many bothered to tune in for the 06:00 start and there were none of the usual fireworks or sounding of car horns that normally accompany the national side when they’re in action.

Brazil take on New Zealand on Sunday.

Brazil 1-0 Belgium

Date: 7/Aug/08

Stadium: Olímpico, Shenyang
Referee: Mohammed Al Ghamdi (Saudi Arabia)
Brazil: Renan, Rafinha, Alex Silva, Breno, Marcelo, Hernanes, Lucas, Anderson (Thiago Neves), Diego (Ramires); Ronaldinho Gaúcho, Alexandre Pato (Jô)
Coach: Dunga

Belgium: Bailly, De Roover, Kompany, Vermaellen, Pocognoli, Fellaini, Vertonghon, De Mul (Vanden Borde), Martens (De Smet), Dembele, Mirallas
Coach: Jean François de Sart

Yellows: Breno, Alex Silva, Hernanes, Anderson (Brazil); Mirallas, Kompany, Fellaini, Pocognoli (Belgium)
Reds: Kompany, Fellaini (Belgium)

Goal: Hernanes 76 minutes – Brazil



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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. jzlim11  |  August 8, 2008 at 00:50

    I don’t know what to comment anymore. It was the same team as the last world cup qualifying round, only with different young faces. Someone please help Brazil! Please! Dunga! If you think this is the way to win gold medal or world cup then we are so shame on you and BRAZIL.

  • 2. pitacodogringo  |  August 8, 2008 at 20:31

    naturally, we all want Brazil to do well. but if they somehow manage to win the gold, we’ll be stuck with Dunga’s brand of ‘football’. and then we’ll have to endure a lot of dreadful matches in the WC qualifiers. but who could come in to replace Dunga? i can’t think of one absolutely outstanding candidate right now – Vanderlei Luxemburgo? Paulo Autuori? Muricy Ramalho? (no. please not this!! Haha) but maybe we should discuss this more after Dunga is given the boot?


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