Thursday, November 02, 2006

Brazilian Footballers

Kaka Helps A.C Milan Destroy Anderlecht
Brazilian footballer scores three goals in Champions League

On November 1, it was A.C Milan's turn to play host to Belgian champions Anderlecht at the Giusseppe Meazza Stadium. It was one of the matches in Group H of this year's edition of the UEFA Champions league, Europe's most important club championship. A.C Milan had defeated Anderlecht by 1-0 in Brussels and so this was the last chance for the Belgians to get a good result and continue in the competition. The action began very badly for Anderlecht since in the sixth minute Alberto Gilardino was fouled in the area by a Belgian defender and Brazilian midfielder Kaka scored the penalty past goalkeeper Daniel Zitka. A.C Milan had come out to secure the result as early as possible and continued to harass the Anderlecht goal. In the 19th minute defender Alessandro Nesta went out injured and was replaced by another Brazilian, Cafu. Just three minutes later Kaka broke away clear on the right wing and received a good return pass from Cafu to place the ball into the Belgian net. Anderlecht was inoffensive for the rest of the first half and A.C Milan controlled the field.
It seems that the Belgian players were given some inspiration by their coach during the break as they showed a much more aggressive attitude in the second half and had two good chances that were missed by Tchite whose shots were off target.However,in the 55th minute Kaka struck a heavy blow as he ran down the left wing, sidestepped to his right and from near the edge of the area sent the ball with hard shot into the top right corner of Zitka´s goal. This goal must surely be included in the "Best goal competition" for this edition of the Champions league. Anderlecht had woken up and continued trying to score and in the 60th minute Juhasz headed in the ball past Brazilian goalkeeper Dida . From then on there were several dangerous situations on both sides of the pitch and also A.C Milan sent on two 2006 World Champions, Gennaro Gattuso and Andrea Pirlo.
It was Gilardino, another member of Italy's recent World Cup squad that wrapped up the match for A.C Milan in the 87th minute as he volleyed in a great pass by Pirlo. Maybe if Anderlecht had shown in the first half the attitude of the second half, a different story could have been written in Milan.

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