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September 03, 2006

Brazil defeated Argentina in London

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In a very interesting match, Dunga's new look Brazil defeated Argentina 3-0 in the Emirates Stadium in London. Shouted on by London's large Brazilian community, Elano netted twice and an excellent solo effort from Kaka gave Brazil the bragging rights in this South American derby.

With out the likes of Ronaldinho Gaucho (injured), Ronaldo and Adriano. Brazil managed to out-play and out gun their South American rivals. However, Dunga's first victory came after he surprised most by leaving AC Milan star Kaka out of his midfield starting line up.

It's fair to say that Brazil who took control from the start of the first half. Managing to maintain posession and creating far more chances in front of goal and it didnt take long for Brazil to score. Robinho's ball split the Argentina defence and Elano ran through to slot home after just 3 minutes.

After that goal Brazil maintained control of the game with Lucio and Juan protecting Gomes in goal, Argentina's attack could find no way through.

In the second half Argentina started the stronger side with Lionel Messi almost scoring with the first attack of the half, heading over from close range.

Despite those Argentine attacks, Brazil break forward, first Fred fires in a powerful shot that is well saved - and seconds later Elano finishes off (68min) a flowing move by slotting past Roberto Abbondanzieri. Netting his second of the game.

Argentinian heads dropped after the second goal and some nasty challenges lead to several yellow cards from English referee Steve Bennett.

But Brazil's best was yet to come when Messi lost the ball on the half-way to Kaka who ran the entire length of the half before passing midfielder Clemente Rodriguez and slotting neatly home for a brilliant goal in the 90th minute.

Obviously, Dunga was impressed with his teams display and especially their clinical finishing and with Ronaldinho set to return on Tuesday the future looks bright for Brazil.

We must remember that Brazil next face Wales at White Hart Lane on Tuesday evening.