Thursday, February 07, 2008

Brazil Goes Easy on Ireland in Dublin

Five time World Champions beat locals by 1-0

Another FIFA match day was held on February 6 in different parts of the world that serve as preparation for forthcoming 2010 World Cup qualifiers. In Dublin, Ireland the home team played host to Brazil, one of the superpowers in the history of soccer. It was a typical cold and rainy evening at Rourke Park but even so nearly 50,000 fans showed up to see whether Ireland could change statistics and defeat the South Americans for the first time ever. Most of Ireland’s players are with teams of the English Premier League such as Robbie Keane (Tottenham Hotspur) and Damien Duff, while Brazil has Gilberto Silva (Arsenal), and Anderson (Manchester United) that came on in the second half.
There were not too many goalscoring chances in the first half, and Brazil was content to play at half pace and contain Ireland. The match became more interesting in the second half as Brazil came out to win the match as expected. The first chance for the South Americans occurred in the 61st minute as Luis Fabiano struck a hard shot from close range that was well blocked by Shay Given, the Ireland goalkeeper. Only Damian Duff could create any chances for Ireland in the opposing area, but the visitors finally wrapped up the match in the 66th minute. In a fast counterattack Diego made a good pass to Robinho on the left wing that ran into the area and scored with a low and well placed shot in to the corner of the net.


Starting Line Ups:

Republic of Ireland: Shay Given(gk), S. Kelly, K.Kilbane, D.Duff, R.Keane. K. Doyle, R. Dunn, L.Miller. Coach: Donald Givens

Brazil: Julio Cesar (gk), Alex, Gilberto Silva, Richarlyson, Leo Moura, Luis Fabiano, Luisao, Josue,Diego, Julio Baptista, Robinho.

Other FIFA Match Day results:

Italy 3 - Portugal 1
England 2 _ Switzerland 1
Spain 1 - France 0

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