Monday, July 16, 2007

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.

First Goal:
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.

Second Goal:
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.

Third 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.

Technical File:

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.