Brazil

  • Gomes
  • Cicinho
  • Maicon 66
  • Lucio
  • Juan
  • Edmilson
  • Cearense 69
  • Gilberto
  • Elano 
  • Julio Baptista 73
  • Silva 
  • Fred
  • Vagner Love 80
  • Robinho 
  • Rafael Sobis 89
  • Daniel Carvalho
  • Kaka 59

Subs not used

  • Fabio
  • Luisao
  • Alex
  • Marcelo

Argentina

  • Abbondanzieri
  • Coloccini
  • Rodriguez
  • Samuel 46
  • Zabaleta
  • Mascherano
  • Somoza 46
  • Riquelme 
  • Bilos
  • Insua 72
  • Tevez
  • Aguero 66 
  • Milito 
  • Gonzalez
  • Messi

Subs not used

  • Saviola
  • Franco
  • Ponzio
  • Fuentes

Attendance

  • 59,032

Referee

  • Steve Bennett (Kent)

Match Report

Friendly International Match

Emirates Stadium
Sunday, September 3, 2006. 4pm


Brazil

3

Elano 3, 67, Kaka 89


Argentina

0



By Mo Khan at Emirates Stadium

Arsenal's new signing Julio Baptista came on as a second-half substitute as Brazil beat Argentina 3-0 at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

The summer arrival from Real Madrid was afforded a rapturous reception by a colourful crowd when he replaced Elano with 18 minutes of the contest remaining.

By that point, with Baptista's new Arsenal team-mate Gilberto anchoring the midfield, Brazil were in command, having scored in each half through Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Elano. Then Kaka added a stunning, solo third late on. Running from his own half following an Argentine corner, the AC Milan star provided a fitting finale to an enthralling encounter.

There was a carnival-like atmosphere inside the Gunners' new 60,000 all-seater arena as the two South American giants faced one another on foreign soil for the very first time.

Despite the 'friendly' nature of the contest, there was more than pride at stake in north London with both sides boasting new management following Quarter-Final exits at this year's World Cup.

Brazil's new coach, Dunga, who captained the Selecao to their fourth World Cup win in 1994, outlined his intentions prior to kick-off.

"In Brazil when we play Argentina there is no such word as 'friendly'," he said.

"Today's match will be like we are playing a World Cup Final. When they pull on the golden jersey of Brazil, all friendships will be forgotten, it's a question of pride and Brazilians are the proudest footballers in the world."

And the five-times winners certainly began the game as their manager would have hoped. Robinho's exquisite turn and through ball on the edge of the penalty area allowed Elano to fire home at the near post after just three minutes.

Argentina, themselves winners of the World Cup on two occasions, lacked a penetrating punch to all the artistry and endeavour of Juan Roman Riquelme and Javier Mascherano in midfield, and trailed at the break.

Kaka's introduction in place of Daniel Carvalho on the hour mark sent the crowd into delirium and the former Sao Paulo star didn't disappoint.

Having exchanged passes with Fred, Kaka played a perfectly-weighted pass into Elano's path and he took a touch before finding the bottom corner with an angled drive.

But better was to come from the elegant Kaka. Hustling Barcelona's ineffectual Lionel Messi off the ball midway inside his own half, he ran the remaining length of the field, held off two defenders and slipped the ball under the advancing Roberto Abbondanzieri in the Argentine goal.

"We have something to prove to fans of Brazilian football," Dunga had said before the game. "It will be our chance to show UK football fans what South American football is all about."

He needn't have worried.

 

Zabaleta hurdles Gilberto Melo

Zabaleta hurdles Gilberto Melo

Elano celebrates his opening goal

Elano celebrates his opening goal

 

More joy as Elano makes it 2-0

More joy as Elano makes it 2-0

Gilberto celebrates with the team

Gilberto celebrates with the team

 

Kaka nets a last minute wonder goal

Kaka nets a last minute wonder goal

Kaka leaps for joy as Brazil triumph

Kaka leaps for joy as Brazil triumph


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