Brazil 2-0 Republic of Ireland 2nd March 2010

March 2, 2010 at 20:50 5 comments

Robinho on target

Goals in each half gave Brazil a 2-0 win over the Republic of Ireland in the Emirates stadium. A Keith Andrews own-goal just before the end of the first period put the Brazilians ahead. But there was nothing fluky about the second. A very well-worked move involving Kaká, Grafite and Robinho ended in the latter sweeping the ball home.

A largely pedestrian game improved in the second-half. But Brazil were made to look better than they were by an Irish side that kept giving the ball away in dangerous positions. This was the South American’s last outing before the World Cup. But it’s difficult to judge what exactly Dunga (or the rest of us) would have leant from yet another conservative performance. What was made clear is that Brazil have no penetration down the left, no real cutting edge without Luís Fabiano, are largely predictable and don’t perform well unless Kaká is on top of his game. Dunga should have already known this already but on Tuesday he made no real attempt to resolve these issues.

The coach has been loyal to the group of players that has served him well. But at times he seems whimsical in his squad selection. Grafite was given his first chance three and a half years after Dunga took charge. Internacional’s Sandro, São Paulo’s Miranda, Fernerbahçe’s André Santos were dropped without warning. Alexandre Pato and Ronaldinho Gaúcho were overlooked.

Against the Republic, the South Americans lacked any real spark. Once again Dunga demonstrated that under his leadership, Brazil are no more than an effective unit that occasionally produce some decent football. With the exception of Daniel Alves and Kaká (Nilmar was only given a brief run out), there was no one there to really shake things up. However, there is a player who can create something from nothing and give Brazil the verve and inspiration they often lack. Neymar may have only just turned 18 but he is exactly what Brazil need. But with Dunga in charge, the chances of the Santos forward going to South Africa are virtually zero.

See the highlights

Brazil 2-0 Republic of Ireland

Brazil: Julio César, Maicon (Carlos Eduardo), Lúcio (Luisão), Juan, Michel Bastos, Gilberto Silva, Felipe Melo, Ramires (Daniel Alves), Kaká, Robinho (Nilmar), Adriano (Grafite)

Coach: Dunga

Republic of Ireland: Shay Given, Stephen Kelly, McShane, Sean Ledger, Kilbane, Liam Lawrence (McCarthy), Glenn Whelan (Gibson), Keith Andrews, Damien Duff (McGeady), Robbie Keane, Kevin Doyle

Coach: Giovanni Trapattoni

Venue: Emirates stadium, London

Officials: Mike Dean, Steve Child, Simon Beck (all England)

Goals: Keith Andrews (own-goal) 43 minutes; Robinho 76

Cards: none

Attendance: 40,082


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. amilcar lewis  |  March 3, 2010 at 17:56

    jon do you think that Dunga insistence on doing things his way is just a reaction to the way in which he has always been treated by the Brazilian press. The fact that the world cup will be his last major event must be cathartic for him after all the pressure he has to have endured over years. One more thing, Neymar is a joy to watch but what about his strike partner André Felipe Ribeiro de Souza I think he is a pretty clincial finisher but not as fast as neymar. However nobody seems to talk about his possible european future

    • 2. jzlim11  |  March 3, 2010 at 23:20

      I hope all these future star players like Neymar, Andre, Philippe Coutinho and etc. Work harder and stand firm on ground before move to euro. Please don’t get cocky and learn from their last U17 world cup defeat.

    • 3. pitacodogringo  |  March 5, 2010 at 20:29

      for the amount of talent Brazil have in the squad, Dunga deserved to be criticised. but it has to be said that he’s also getting a lot of praise for getting the results. the problem with Brazil now is that they have become a little predictable and there’s no one who can produce that extra special something (Robinho is a possibility – he’s in great form now but will he keep it up for the WC?) one thing is certain, if Brazil fail to win in South Africa, the knives will be out for Dunga.

      André deserves to get more press than he’s getting. the same can be said of Wesley. right now, Neymar, Robinho and Paulo Henrique are getting all the headlines but Santos are a strong unit all round and the likes of Edu Dracena, Durval and Roberto Brum have been playing well.

  • 4. Daniel Powell  |  March 7, 2010 at 08:51

    No ronaldinho, even in the squad is ludicrous!

  • 5. Khaled Salama  |  March 8, 2010 at 14:55

    Congratulations for your blog, Jon. Very nice! Visit us on


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