Kaká and Robinho on target as Brazil thrash Venezuela 4-0
In their ninth qualifying game for the 2010 World Cup, Brazil strolled past Venezuela with goals from kaká, Adriano and two from Robinho.
Brazil rarely broke sweat in San Cristobel but took their chances well and could have had six or seven against one of the group’s weakest teams.
Venezuela beat Brazil in a friendly in June but almost from the start, the result of this one was never going to be in doubt. After suffering an early scare, Brazil took control and within 18 minutes had the game in the bag.
With just under six minutes gone, Robinho broke down the middle and found Kaká who hit a wicked shot from a tight angle.
Less than four minutes later, Brazil were two up when Robinho cut in from the left and belted in a thunderous long-range strike that left Venezuela keeper, Vega, with no chance.
Adriano made it 3-0 on the 18th minute mark. Kaka picked out Elano, who then knocked in a low pass from the left, and the Inter Milan man escaped his markers to stroke the ball home.
Despite their ease in scoring against Venezuela, Brazil were exposed at the back and had to rely on keeper Júlio César on a number of occasions. César made fine stops to turn away a good effort from Arango. In the second-half, the keeper made an excellent double save to deny Maldonado from close-range.
At the other end, Brazil could have been 4-0 up when Adriano set up Robinho but the Manchester City man blasted into the side-netting.
But on the 66 minute mark, Kléber launched a long ball into the area and Robinho got away from two defenders to slot home inside the box.
An easy day at the office for Brazil and the result lifted Dunga’s men to 2nd in the table with 16 points.
Brazil face Colombia in the Maracanã on Wednesday 15th October.
Venezuela 0-4 Brazil
Date: 12th October 2008
Venue: Monumental de Pueblo Novo stadium, San Cristobel (Venezuela)
Referee: Victor Hugo Rivera (Peru) – Assistants: Luis Ávila & Luis Abadie (Peru)
Venezuela: Vega, Chacon, Boada, Rey,Rojas; Mea Vitali (Lucena), Vielma, Guerra (Moreno), Vargas (Seijas), Arango, Maldonado.
Coach: César Farías
Brazil: Julio César, Maicon, Lúcio, Juan (Thiago Silva), Kleber, Josué (Mancini), Gilberto Silva, Elano, Kaká (Alex), Adriano, Robinho.
Goals: Kaká, 6; Robinho, 9 & 66; Adriano, 18.
Cards: Rojas (VEN), Adriano (BRA
See the goals here