Brazil 3-0 USA June 2009

June 18, 2009 at 12:50 5 comments

Felipe Melo gets Brazil's first

Felipe Melo gets Brazil's first

Brazil warmed up for Sunday’s clash with Italy by strolling through their second match in the Confederations Cup by beating the United States 3-0 in Pretoria.

Dunga made four changes from the side that squeezed past Egypt – Miranda, André Santos, Ramires and Maicon came in for Juan, Daniel Alves, Kleber and Elano.

From the start, it was clearly going to be a damage limitation exercise by the USA. The game was effectively over after less than halfway through the first period. After just 7 minutes, Felipe Melo headed home. And then Robinho finished off a flowing move that had started in Brazil’s own half. From that point on it was a case of going through the motions for both sides.

The USA’s Sacha Kljestan was sent off early in second period. Maicon made it 3-0 minutes later.

With Brazil already thinking about Sunday’s game with Italy, the pace slowed down considerably, and the US almost made the score respectable by striking the woodwork on two occasions.

See the highlights here

Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, South Africa


Officials: Massimo Busacca, Mathias Arnett, Francesco Buragina

Brazil: Julio César, Maicon, Lúcio (Luisão), Miranda, André Santos, Gilberto Silva, Felipe Melo, Ramires, Kaká (Julio Baptista), Robinho, Luís Fabiano (Nilmar).

Coach: Dunga

USA: Howard; Spector, Onyewu, DeMerit, Bornstein, Dempsey, Bradley, Kljestan, Beasley (Casey), Landon Donovan; Altidore (Feilhaber)

Coach: Bob Bradley

Cards: Onyewu (yellow) – Kljestan (red)

Gols: Felipe Melo, 7, Robinho, 20, Maicon, 62


Entry filed under: Brazil squad, Confederations Cup 2009. Tags: , , , .

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Djar  |  June 18, 2009 at 16:03

    Very good match and i think that Maicon is propably the best right defender of the world. Brazil is the best. I greeting You!

  • 2. jzlim11  |  June 18, 2009 at 22:32

    Yeah!!! Maicon was the man of the match for me. Felipe Melo did very well too. A bit disappointed with Andre Santos and Julio Baptista. Kaka seems very exhausted during second half. Overall performance just ok but still not good enough to beat Spain. I still wonder why Gilberto Silva still on the pitch!? No replacement for him!?

  • 3. Paulinho  |  June 19, 2009 at 10:58

    What a fantastic match, great to see a Brazil team with most of the main “stars” on the pitch. Filipe Melo looks like a very solid player, although I understand he has picked up a lot of cards for the Viola this season – a bit dirty perhaps or just fussy reffereeing??

    Jon, I really like the blog not that many out there in English that cover the Brazilian leagues – keep up the good work!

    Ps. Do you know Tim Vickery? Do you two go for beers together?

    • 4. pitacodogringo  |  June 20, 2009 at 13:15

      Naturally, I know who Tim is and I always read what he has to say. But we’ve never met. I know he lives in Rio and I have to go there to do the games so perhaps I’ll bump into him one day!

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