Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Brazil's Scolari: Mission Accomplished
by Paul Kennedy, June 26th, 2013 7:02PM

TAGS:  brazil, confederations cup


[CONFEDERATIONS CUP] Brazil wasn't at its best, but it still managed to beat Uruguay, 2-1, in Belo Horizonte and move into the final of the Confederations Cup against the winner of Thursday's Spain-Italy match.

Brazil and Uruguay appeared headed to overtime when Paulinho got free behind Martin Caceres and outjumped the Celeste defender to head Neymar's corner kick into the goal at the far post for the winner in the 86th minute.

“Our mission was to reach the final, and we have done it,” said Brazil coach Luis Felipe Scolari. “We needed to win games like that to learn how to win in the World Cup. Our team is very young and this kind of game helps us to grow.”

Brazil had been fortunate in the first half when goalkeeper Julio Cesar stopped Diego Forlan's penalty kick in the 14th minute and went ahead on local favorite Fred's goal off a rebound from Neymar's effort in the 41st minute -- one of Brazil's few chances in the first half.

But Uruguay took advantage of some very sloppy defending to even the score early in the second half on a goal by Edinson Cavani.

The Seleção has now won all four games at the World Cup tuneup with 11 goals to its credit.

At the one-mile perimeter from the Estadio Minerao, police clashed with protesters, firing tear gas and rubber bullets and having them lobbed back at them. Early in the day, a crowd estimated at 50,000 gathered in central Belo Horizonte in the latest of a series of demonstrations.

June 26 in Belo Horizonte
Brazil 2 Uruguay 1.
Goals: Fred 41, Paulinho 86; Cavani 48.
Brazil -- Julio Cesar; Daniel Alves, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Marcelo; Luiz Gustavo, Paulinho, Oscar (Hernanes, 82); Hulk (Bernard, 63), Neymar (Dante, 90), Fred.
Uruguay -- Muslera; M.Pereira, Godin, Lugano, Caceres; A.Gonzalez (Gargano, 82), Arevalo, C. Rodriguez; Cavani, Forlan, Suarez.
Referee: Enrique Osses (Chile).
Att.: 57,482.

  1. James Froehlich
    commented on: June 27, 2013 at 10:03 a.m.
    Extremely entertaining game. The fact that "Brazil wasn't at its best" was primarily due to excellent defense on the part of Uruguay -- except on the Paulinho goal!! Forlan's missed PK changed the game not poor play by Brazil. Would love to see Marcelo and Dani Alves on the same club side. Hope that Messi can teach Neymar the benefits of staying on his feet. If not, he will solidy his position as the next "diving" Ronaldo.
  1. Allan Lindh
    commented on: June 27, 2013 at 2:13 p.m.
    Great match, worth watching every minute all the way through. And actually I think Neymar is already quite a bit better than Ronaldo -- I would give him a 9.9 on at least three of his dives yesterday. The merest of touches he springs in the air like a leaping salmon, arches his back before a perfect landing, rolls over three times screaming in pain, clutching some part of his body which never made contact with another player. I am afraid that integrity is something that cannot be learned, and whether his teammates at Barca can shame him into becoming an honest person remains to be seen. I must say also that apart from Neymar and Marcello, and maybe Luis, the players on this Brazil team have more integrity that any Brazil team of late that I can remember. Oscar in particular is not only a marvelous player, but a man of integrity.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Soccer America Daily
Johnson scores again in Champions League    
Fabian Johnson scored in his second straight game for Borussia Moenchengladbach in the UEFA Champions League ...
Coach Michelle French names 20 for U-20 Women's World Cup qualifying    
Eight collegians and 12 youth club players comprise Coach Michelle French's roster for the U-20 Women's ...
MLS preseason returns to Tucson in 2016    
Ten MLS teams will take part in preseason training in Tucson, Arizona, where the 2016 Desert ...
Ellis calls up Colaprico and Lavelle for first time    
U.S. women's national team coach Jill Eilis called in 28 players -- 20 who went to ...
What They're Saying: Chris Dangerfield    
'We used to go to movies, have cups of tea, strange things you do when you ...
What They're Saying: Tim Leiweke    
"I think we have found a site. It's probably different than what people think we're doing, ...
Video Pick: How Ronaldo gets treated by customs     
Cristiano Ronaldo doesn't seem to have a difficult time getting through customs, as demonstrated by this ...
NASL's Jacksonville banks on Tony Meola    
Hall of Fame goalkeeper Tony Meola, whose previous coaching experience since retiring as a player in ...
Video Pick: Messi proves he's fully recovered    
Lionel Messi, out of Barcelona's starting lineup for two months because of a knee injury, scored ...
Red Bulls' success nets Marsch Coach of the Year honors    
Inexperienced head coaches don't often flourish in MLS, yet in just his second season as a ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives