Brazil vs Algeria friendly

Posted on August 25, 2007. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

So Brazil recently defeated Algeria 2-0 in a friendly match. The first half was not a great display by the Selecao but they did have a few shots on goal. The second half was quite a different affair and it was obvious why, the bringing on of Kaka’ and Ronaldinho. There’s a reason why they’ve been the most important players at their respective clubs for several seasons now, they make the difference.

The first goal came about from a well directed Ronaldinho corner which Maicon of Inter converted. The second involved Ronaldinho setting up Diego who’s deflected shot was calmly placed by Ronaldinho to seal the 2-0 victory. One of Kaka’s characteristic blazing runs almost resulted in a goal as he tore past several defenders, cutting across the face of goal, requiring a simple tap in of Vagner Love that just could not keep up. Which brings me to an important point. Vagner Love is a good striker but certainly should be 6th or 7th on the Selecao list of strikers. He did little during the copa america and it continues to show that he does not deserve that number 9 shirt. Ronaldo needs to return, he may be 30 now but he is still clinical and in good shape now (as opposed to how he was at WC06). If anyone doesn’t agree that R9 should be back then at least Mancini of Roma who has been on fire over the last couple of seasons. There are many better Brazilian strikers but I’ll continue that discussion another time, for now, check out the highlights below. They go for about 9-10 minutes so are quite substantial and well cut-down.

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