Boys from Brazil beat Italy in London
Brazil 2 Italy 0
Published 11/02/2009 | 00:00
Luiz Felipe Scolari may have left Chelsea but there was still one happy Brazilian manager in London last night.
And on the evidence of how Carlos Dunga got his men to play last night, he could even end up on Roman Abramovich's wish-list one day, as Brazil - Manchester City, even, in goalscorers Robinho and Elano - beat the World Cup holders.
It was sparkling stuff as, for more than an hour, the ‘selecao' enchanted the Emirates Stadium. The joke swiftly did the rounds that this was the only way you were going to see entertaining football these days at Arsenal's ground.
Ronaldinho started the move for the first, finding Elano, who dinked it back to Robinho. The £32m man slipped his pass to Elano and slipped it under Gianluigi Buffon's body.
Robinho was not to be outdone by his Manchester City teammate nine minutes later. Pirlo was lackadaisical in taking the ball out of defence and Robinho dispossessed him.
Having Pirlo on his back and two defenders in front posed the former Real Madrid forward no problems, as a jink and a drag-back later he found the inside of Buffon's far post with his left foot.