Brazil

  • Julio Cesar
  • Daniel
  • Rafinha 73
  • Lucio
  • Alex
  • Richarlyson
  • Marcelo 73
  • Julio Baptista
  • Anderson 60
  • Silva
  • Josue
  • Hernanes 63
  • Ribas Diego
  • Thiago Neves 65
  • Luis Fabiano
  • Alexandre Pato 60
  • Robinho

Subs not used

  • Alves Diego
  • Lucas
  • Rafael Sobis
  • Leo
  • Naldo

Sweden

  • Isaksson
  • Shaaban 46
  • Stoor
  • Mellberg
  • Majstorovic
  • Nilsson
  • Dorsin 46
  • Larsson
  • Alexandersson 80
  • Svensson
  • Allback 49
  • Kallstrom
  • Ljungberg
  • Wilhelmsson 57
  • Elmander
  • Bakircioglu 61
  • Rosenberg

Subs not used

  • Andersson
  • Prica
  • Risp

Attendance

  • 60,021

Referee

  • Mike Riley

Match Report

Friendly International Match

Emirates Stadium
Wednesday, March 26, 2008. 7.45pm


Brazil

1

Pato 72


Sweden

0


Alexander Pato marked his international debut with the only goal of the game as Brazil beat Sweden in the third international friendly to be held at Emirates Stadium.

The Milan striker - shackled by the Arsenal defence on his last visit to this ground - needed just 12 minutes to make an impact after replacing Luis Fabiano on the hour mark.

The 18-year-old capitalised on an error from former Arsenal goalkeeper Rami Shaaban to finally break down Sweden. Shaaban charged out of his area to clear the ball in the left-back position but fired the ball straight at Pato. The Brazilian turned and lofted into the net from a tight angle.

It was the highlight of an evenly-matched encounter which marked the 50th anniversary of the 1958 World Cup Final when two goals from the 17-year-old Pele helped Brazil beat Sweden 5-2.

A goalfest never looked on the cards this time as Brazil struggled without the invention of Ronaldinho and Kaka. Sweden looked brighter but Markus Rosenberg spurned their best opening.

Diego was off target for Brazil with a series of long-range efforts while Julio Baptista, who spent last season on loan at Emirates Stadium, went close with a 25-yard free-kick.

A stalemate seemed increasingly likely until Pato entered the fray. Then the Milan teenager showed just why he is regarded as one of Brazil's most exciting young talents.


Freddie Ljungberg leads out the Swedish team at Emirates Stadium


The two sides line up for the national anthems

 

Lucio takes on Sebastian Larsson

Lucio takes on Sebastian Larsson

Former Gunners Baptista and Larsson

Former Gunners Baptista and Larsson


 

Robinho shows off his skills

Robinho shows off his skills

Kallstrom and Josue

Kallstrom and Josue


 

Pato celebrates his winning goal

Pato celebrates his winning goal

The Brazilian fans go wild!

The Brazilian fans go wild!



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