Friday, 4 June 2010

Friendly Watch

Couple more warm-up games to catch-up on, involving Paraguay and Brazil on Wednesday.

travelled to Switzerland to face fellow World Cup finalists, Greece. It was good news for La Albiroja as it cruised to a 2-0 victory. Both goals came in the first half, the first from Vera after Santa Cruz had hit the post and the second from man of the moment Barrios. Again Santa Cruz was involved: his header was saved by the keeper and Barrios hammered home the rebound with his left peg. He's now scored in 3 consecutive games. Let's he doesn't dry up before the tournament proper.

How they lined up: Villar, Bonet, Veron, Da Silva, Morel, Vera, Caceres, Riveros, Torres, Santa Cruz, Barrios

Subs used: Barreto, Alcaraz, Benitez, Caniza, Santana, Ortigoza

Brazil travelled to Zimbabwe, much to Mugabe's and the locals delight, and it was plain-sailing for Dunga's men as they won 3-0. Bastos opened the scoring before half-time with an absolute crackerjack of a left foot free-kick. The second came moments after with Robinho delivering an instinctive finish after a wonderful through ball. Elano completed the scoring with a simple tap-in after the Zimbabwean defence was sliced open once again. If Brazil plays like that in the World Cup no-one will be calling The Samba Kings boring. What they were doing in Zimbabwe is another matter.

How they lined up: Julio Cesar, Thiago Silva, Lucio, Basto, Maicon, Melo, Gilberto Silva, Fabiano, Kaka, Robinho, Elano

Subs used: Gomes, Baptista, Alves, Luisao, Grafite, Nilmar

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