YAHOOO! Brazil beat Argentina 3-0 in the Copa America. If Kaka and Ronaldinho on the field, the winning is assured.
How Brazil Win?
Brazil had play a solid defensive game against Argentina especially on talented Messi, Riquelme and Tevez. Defensive midfielders Josué e Mineiro also did a great job.
Brazil began in top form. With only 4 minutes of play, Vagner Love intercepted a pass by Messi, and linked up with Elano. The player made a pinpoint cross from right to left to midfielder Júlio Baptista, who sent the ball into the top corner to open the scoring.
Argentina continued searching for an equalizer, and were dangerous with their set-plays. Brazil were able to mount a solid defense, mainly with their defensive midfielders Josué e Mineiro. Both seemed tireless. When Argentina were stepping up the pressure, Brazil added their second. On 40 minutes, Daniel Alves broke down the right and made a cross. Defender Ayala tried to intercept it and scored an own-goal.
On a swift counter-attack, Vagner Love left Daniel Alves alone before the Argentinean keeper. The right-back struck in the far corner to extend the Brazilian lead. Then, it was time for a Brazilian celebration to break out in Maracaibo.
Brazil 3-0 Argentina
Brazil: Doni; Maicon, Alex, Juan and Gilberto; Mineiro, Josué, Elano (Daniel Alves) and Júlio Baptista; Vagner Love (Fernando) and Robinho (Diego). Coach: Dunga.
Argentina: Abbondanzieri; Zanetti, Ayala, Gabriel Milito and Heinze; Mascherano, Cambiasso (Aimar), Verón (Luís Gonzalez) and Riquelme; Messi and Tevez. Coach: Alfio Basile.
Goals: Júlio Baptista on 4 and Roberto Ayala (own-goal) on 40 minutes; Daniel Alves on 68 minutes.
Yellow Cards: Alex, Doni, Gilberto, Júlio Baptista, Josué and Mascherano.
Referee: Carlos Amarilla (PAR).
Assistant Referees: Walter Rial (URU) and Luis Sánchez (VEN).
Venue: Pachencho Romero Stadium, in Maracaibo.