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Ronaldinho is back!
by Paul Kennedy, October 12th, 2011 1:09AM
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TAGS:  brazil, mexico


[MEXICO-BRAZIL] Don't count out Ronaldinho quite yet. The 31-year-old star scored a patented free kick and teammate Marcelo added a brilliant individual goal to lead 10-man Brazil to a 2-1 comeback win over Mexico in Torreon, spoiling Oswaldo Sanchez's final international game in the Tri goal.

Mexico scored on an own goal by David Luiz in the 10th minute and looked headed to a victory when Dani Alves took down Javier Hernandez in the penalty area at the end of the first half and was sent off for his second yellow card. But Brazil goalie Jefferson stopped Andres Guardado's spot kick to leave the game at 1-0.

After Neymar was fouled just outside the box, Ronaldinho placed his free kick inside the far post in the 79th minute, and Marcelo gave Brazil the win four minutes later.

The loss was Coach Chepo De la Torre's first in 15 games since taking over as national team coach in February.

  1. Andres Yturralde
    commented on: October 12, 2011 at 10:45 a.m.
    As soon as Brazil touched the ball in the second half, I could see them coming back. The feel, the flair, the finesse. When these light it up, there's nothing in this world to match that! Mexico only hurt themselves by regressing to that old mindset: 'Oh, wow, we're beating Brazil, the great Brazil...We better stay back and just pray it all stays like this.' Granted, Barrera and Chicharo were trying their best, but Mexico needed more of their men doing that. Where was that aggressive, no-fear, let's-get-it-done mentality I had seen in previous game? I don't know what happened. But one thing I'm sure of: Ronaldinho Gaucho is making his way back. And once he does, watch out!
  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: October 12, 2011 at 11:28 a.m.
    Two monstrous Brazil goals did in the Tri-color...excellent game and absolutely superlative were the two commentators who let the game breathe...when play stopped for a re-kick they made BRIEF personal observations, otherwise, less talk on their part made this game more worthy to watch, unlike, Harkes et al who are winded and irrelevant in their commentary.
  1. Carl Grover
    commented on: October 13, 2011 at 10:17 a.m.
    Ronaldhino and Marcelo had a great game and Brazil is a team that knows how to score! If the USA had a couple of players like that I think you would see some scoring. Quit blaming the coach for not scoring. I have seen too many USA open shots in FRONT of the goal missed. The scoring talent is not at world class level. Ronaldhino shoots rockets with great accuracy! About the broadcast commentators - I was able to turn the volume back on! And about the studio broadcast team: On Flores - Can't they find someone that speaks English that is understandable.
  1. wilbur kookemyer
    commented on: October 14, 2011 at 1:20 p.m.
    Carl Grover. You are wrong about Brazil is a team that know how to score. The joke in brasil is the "the selesao is working at Volkwagen for a month....Why?? So that they can lear how to make a "Gol" ( a popular car in Brasil) However, this is the first friendly in many months that the green and gold showed glimpses of the passing, touches and creativity that defined the Jogo Bonito. Still a lot of work to do or it will be another quarter final exit in the WC.

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