Scots left searching for elusive win over Brazil

In a weekend which saw the Formula 1 circus kick of their 2011 season, Chris Hoy collecting more silverware, Oxford beating Cambridge in the boat race and England proving against Wales they are well on their way for Euro 2012, Scotland’s international friendly against Brazil  was almost forgotten if it had not been for two Brazilians.

The Emirates stadium in London was the stage were Ronaldo Luis Nazário de Lima (the original Ronaldo) said goodbye to Europe after he announced a few weeks ago to retire from professional football.

However, the young Santos striker Neymar made clear that football fans worldwide needn’t to worry about a lack of talent coming from Brazil. Ashleigh McGuinley reports on the match which saw Neymar take the spotlight.

Scotland 0 – 2 Brazil

A nifty Neymar double gave the South American side a well-deserved friendly win over Scotland at the Emirates Stadium.
The teenage star stole the show and strengthened his thriving reputation as the Samba stars gave the Scots a hard chase from almost the first whistle.

Brazil commanded the first half with terrific footwork and speed across the pitch, but the Scottish side looked set to keep it no score at half time until the 19-year-old striker fired home the opening goal just minutes before half time.

The Santos striker doubled the Brazilian side’s advantage in the 77th minute from the penalty spot after being fouled by Charlie Adam.

Having won their last two matches 3-0, confidence had been growing in the Scotland camp but the huge gulf in class between the two sides inevitably left Scotland still searching for their elusive first win over the Samba Stars.

There was a lively atmosphere surrounding the grounds before kick-off which was helped by the appearance of Brazilian footballing legend, Ronaldo as guest of honour for the day.

It seemed as though Scotland had got off to a good start when captain for the day, Kenny Miller had an early opportunity to make an impression after being fouled by Brazilian defender, Lucio, a few yards outside the box but Charlie Adam’s free-kick cannoned off the defensive wall.

Brazil’s first big chance came in the 15th minute with a promising back-post cross from Elano, but Chelsea midfielder, Ramires headed it high over the top.

As the young Brazilian side started to warm up, glimpses of their trademark fluidity and footballing style started to show when a pass from Elano put Jadson through before the Scotland defence managed to scramble the ball to safety.

Minutes later the Brazilians were back for more but Leandro Damiao’s header from Elano’s corner skimmed across the top of the crossbar.

The Scotland side luckily managed to escape a penalty call after a cross from Lucas Leiva looked to be cleared by perhaps the hand of Gary Caldwell.

Scotland looked to have picked themselves back up in the 35th minute when a strong free-kick from Adam was met by a header from Steven Whittaker, which to the Tartan Army’s disappointment flew past the far post.

The famous yellow shirts ended Scotland’s resistance just minutes from the break when a pass from Andre Santos was taken by Neymar inside the Scotland box and the talented 19-year-old skilfully placed his shot causally past McGregor and into the far corner of the net.

A carless start to the second half by Scotland allowed Neymar to play as well as he had ended the first half when just two minutes in, a shot on the run caught the top of the bar after Adam had given the ball away.

A dangerous goal-kick by McGregor left James McArthur in trouble when Ramires stole the ball and tried to set up an open goal for Neymar.

The Rangers’ goaly was left with no option but to come off his line and dive to take the ball away from Neymar before blocking Leandro’s close follow-up shot.

Scotland looked to be in trouble yet again in the 52nd minute, but the pass over from Brazilian full-back, Dani Alves was blasted over from inside the box.

Cheers from the Scotland fan’s filled the stadium in the 63rd minute when Scotland won their first corner of the game but a sloppy effort by Adam was easily cleared by the dominating Brazilian side.

Shortly after, fresh legs were introduced for Scotland in the form of Bannan and Commons who came on for McArthur and Whittaker in the hope of introducing new impetus.

However, Scotland’s chances of making a come-back slipped even further away when a foul on Neymar by Adam inside the box saw referee Howard Webb point to the spot and the teenage striker picked himself up to fire home the penalty in the last fifteen minutes.

As the match drew to a close, Craig Mackail-Smith was given his Scotland debut as he was brought on in replace of Kenny Miller.

Scotland kept fighting until the end, but in the final two minutes a free-kick by Commons’ was quickly brought to safety by Brazilian goaly, Julio Cesar confirming that Scotland’s chances of consolation were over.

In the final seconds of injury time, Brazil tried their luck one last time but the Samba substitute, Jonas blasted his shot over.


1 comment so far

  1. Anon on

    Good article, you covered the game well. Your sentence structure needs work in places though. Try saying what you write out loud to yourself and you’ll realise if something is hard to read because it doesn’t flow. Sometimes a comma is not enough – try splitting your long sentences into two or three shorter ones.

    Also, grammar is important if you want people to read more of your articles – for example an apostrophe is not needed for pluralisation. If you slow down and blog well, people will be inclined to follow hyperlinks that you can set up to more of your articles.

    Keep writing.

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