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September 07, 2006

Brazil defeated Wales 2-0

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Brazil played their second friendly game in Europe and got a good victory over Wales. Two second-half goals helped to seal a 2-0 win in a compelling friendly at White Hart Lane on Tuesday.

The good news are that Ronaldinho is finally back after his knee injury. He played against Wales and displayed some great football, as usual. But the most interesting thing of the game was the impressive talent exposed by Ryan Giggs.

Anyway, Brazil took the lead on the hour when left-back Junior Marcelo found the bottom corner with a 25-yard cracker.

Brazil's second goal came from the other flank and from another precocious new full-back talent, albeit one with a greater reputation. Real Madrid's player Cicinho was allowed time to pick his cross and found the head of striker Vagner Love, who had stolen in front of James Collins.

By then Wales, with a promising performance by 18-year-old Gareth Bale, had made enough changes to disrupt their otherwise compact shape. Toshack expressed his concerns that his strikers were profligate, even though Brazil were guilty of far more, and far more glaring, misses.