Brazil 3-0 China
Brazil quite literally strolled past China in their final group stage game in the Beijing Olympics.
Well-taken goals from Diego and two from Thiago Neves meant that Brazil topped the group with 9 points, scoring 9 and conceding none.
Against a weak Chinese side, Brazil could have had more if Alexandre Pato and Ronaldinho Gaúcho had not wasted good chances.
While Brazil disposed of their hosts with ease, the manner in which they performed was less than pleasing.
From kickoff to the final whistle, Dunga’s team gave the impression that this was no more than a glorified training match. True, there were a few nice touches and all the goals were well-worked. Perhaps the humidity was to blame for the lack of effort or maybe Brazil were saving themselves for their quarterfinal encounter with Cameroon? Whatever the reason, Brazil were clearly not interested in this one. At times, the South Americans were more than content just to knock the ball around at the back. The number of reverse passes grew as the match progressed. And it seemed that Brazil were doing their utmost to avoid embarrassing China.
The type of football Brazil play under Dunga is a complete abandonment of the attacking and entertaining style the whole world associates with the yellow and green. Had this match been played in Brazil, the boos would have been ringing round the stadium within minutes.
On Saturday, Brazil face Cameroon. The Africans knocked Brazil out of the competition when they met in the same stage in the Sydney Olympics.
Brazil sleep-walked through the group stage in China. The game vs the Cameroons will be their first real test and the outcome is far from certain.
China: Zhenli Liu, Han Peng, Zhao Xuri, Houliang Wan, Weifeng Li, Jummin Hao (Longyuan Shen), Peng Cui, Peng Han, Fangzhuo Dong (Lin Gao), Ting Zhu, Jiang Ning
Coach: Ratomir Dujkovic
Brazil: Renan, Ilsinho (Rafinha), Thiago Silva, Breno, Marcelo, Lucas, Ramires, Diego (Jô), Thiago Neves, Ronaldinho, Alexandre Pato (Rafael Sobis)
Referee: Jerome Damon, Assistants: Emock Molefe, Celestin Ntagungira.
Goals: Diego, Thiago Neves (2)