Reports of Brazil's demise are premature. The five-time World Cup champions got a much-needed confidence builder as they beat Italy, 2-0, in
Tuesday in an international friendly at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium. The star of the show was Robinho
with a brilliant individual goal and an assist on
Manchester City teammate Elano
's goal, both in the first half.
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Elano, who scored twice for
Brazil against Argentina at the Emirates Stadium in 2006, opened the scoring in the 13th minute when he played a one-two with Robinho and beat Italian goalie Gianluigi Buffon
Soon thereafter, Robinho stole the ball from Andrea Pirlo
at the top of Italy's penalty area and twice turned
inside out before scoring the second goal.
"We all know what Robinho can do but we talked about putting pressure on the
Italians to recover the ball," said Brazil coach Dunga.
"He showed good personality and fitted well into the team."
overshadowed a solid outing by Ronaldinho
, who are both trying to regain places in the Brazil starting
"I think he gave a very good exhibition," Dunga said of Ronaldinho. "Adriano was just the attacker we needed for this match."
The loss ended Italy coach Marcello Lippi
's bid for a record 32-match unbeaten run.