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International Friendly Preview: Mexico v. Brazil
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Borgetti's magic led Mexico past Brazil last time (Reuters)
04/29/2003. BACKGROUND
Mexico and Brazil will clash in Guadalajara at Estadio Jalisco on Wednesday evening for the thirtieth time in their history, and who would have thought the Mexicans were unbeaten in their last three against Brazil. The two nations last met in the 2001 Copa America when an early Jared Borgetti header held up in Colombia. Earlier in the same year Mexico and Brazil played out a 3-3 draw in Guadalajara, and at the 1999 Confederations Cup Mexico bested Brazil 4-3. But overall the pentecampeao have won eighteen times in twenty-nine meetings since 1950.

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Brazil manager Carlos Alberto Parreira will be looking to begin a new streak over the North American power, and has named a strong roster for the friendly. Among the invitees for Brazil are the precocious teenage duo from Santos, Diego Ribas de Cunha and Robson Souza, better known as Robinho. Fans attending the match will hope the highly sought-after pair will intermingle with Ronaldo and Ronaldinho on the pitch. The only other Madrid player in camp is Sergio Conceicao. Parreira has done a good job of mixing domestic and foreign stars.

Among the notable absentees is World Cup goalkeeper Marcos, who was dropped this week on the heels of an incredibly atrocious outing with his club side Palmeiras. The move is said to be based on fitness concerns, but nevertheless Julio Cesar was called in to compete for deputy honors alongside Milan's Dida. Roberto Carlos will be absent, because he is serving a ban after receiving a red card for pushing the referee during last month's friendly against Portugal.

For Mexico manager Ricardo La Volpe the only foreign players will be Monaco defender Rafael Marquez and Sevilla midfielder Gerardo Torrado. The rest will be domestic stalwarts like Borgetti from Santos, America midfielder Pavel Pardo and Toluca defender Salvador Carmona.

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BRAZIL - Since defeating Germany to win their fifth World Cup Brazil have had poor results. Brazil suffered a 2-1 defeat to Portugal in late March when Brazilian-turned-Portuguese Deco fired home a free kick. Before that the samba kings were drawn 0-0 by China, defeated South Korea 3-2 on the strength of two Ronaldo goals, and lost to Paraguay 1-0 back in August. Parreira better start winning soon with Brazil or he might not survive the Confederations Cup this summer.

MEXICO - Mexico have only suited up three times since bowing out to rivals USA at the World Cup. Last month Mexico drew Paraguay 1-1 in California, and in February the tricolores fell to Argentina 1-0 before drawing Colombia 0-0. After Brazil, Mexico get a rematch against USA May 8th in Houston, Texas.

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MEXICO - GK: Oswaldo Sánchez (Guadalajara), Jos?de Jesús Corona (Atlas); D: Rafael Márquez (Monaco); Jos?Antonio Castro (America), Salvador Carmona (Toluca), Duilio Davino (America), Omar Briseño (Tigres), Ramón Heriberto Morales (Guadalajara); MF: Octavio Valdéz (Toluca), Pavel Pardo (America), Juan Pablo Rodríguez (Atlas), Israel López (Toluca), Luis Ernesto Pérez (Monterrey), Ramón Morales (Guadalajara), Alberto Medina (Guadalajara); F: Jared Borgetti (Santos), Omar Bravo (Guadalajara), Eduardo Rergis (Atlante), Irving Rubirosa (Atlante), Jesús Arellano (Monterrey).
Technical Director: Ricardo La Volpe

BRAZIL - GK: Dida (AC Milan), Julio Cesar (Flamengo); D: Anderson Polga (Gremio), Athirson (Flamengo), Belletti (Villareal), Edmilson (Olympique Lyon). Juan (Bayer Leverkusen), Junior (Parma), Luisao (Cruzeiro); MF: Diego (Santos), Emerson (Roma), Sergio Conceicao (Real Madrid), Juninho (Olympique Lyon), Kleberson (Atletico-PR), Ronaldinho (Paris S.G.), Ze Roberto (Bayern Munich); F: Adriano (Parma), Amoroso (Dortmund), Robinho (Santos), Ronaldo (Real Madrid).
Technical Director: Carlos Alberto Parreira

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What a boring match!!!:(

I should have watched NBA Playoff
 

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Paprika said:
What a boring match!!!:(

I should have watched NBA Playoff
definitely.. :D
 

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International Friendly Report: Brazil Rubbish In Mexico Tie
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Ronal-doh! (Reuters)
04/30/2003. Mexico 0-0 Brazil:
Brazil and Mexico played out a scoreless draw at Jalisco Stadium in Guadalajara, and it is not clear whether Mexican fans are encouraged or disappointed by what they witnessed--encouraged at the result but disappointed by the level of play from the samba kings.

Just as in China, where they also were drawn 0-0, Carlos Alberto Parreira's men were a shadow of the side Felipe Scolari led to a record fifth World Cup title last summer. In addition, young phenom Robinho was left on the bench and his Santos teammate Diego was given only a few minutes on the pitch.

The Brazilians were nothing more than curious spectators for the first forty-five minutes, and not once did the samba kings take a shot at the goal of Mexican 'keeper Oswaldo Sanchez. But unlike Brazil, Mexico did threaten more than zero times. In the 42nd minute Borgetti had an attempt on goal saved by Milan's Dida. Unfortunately for the tricolores Omar Bravo's acrobatic attempt at the rebound went over the goal with Dida out of position.

At halftime Parreira made a curious substitution when he replaced a defender, Anderson Polga, with another defender, Luisao--this after the likes of Ronaldinho, Ronaldo and Amoroso could show nothing in the way of shots on goal.

The action was considerably better in the second half--although that still is not saying much-- when Amoroso for Brazil and Valdez for Mexico both shaved the frame of the goals. Borgetti headed wide on 69 for Mexico. But Ronaldo was the most counter-productive forward on the pitch this evening. The Real Madrid striker fired over the bar with less than ten minutes remaining condemning the match to a scoreless finish.

On Thursday the Brazilian media will have a grand time dissecting Parreira's mess, whereas the Mexican faithful surely will be praising the tactics of their Argentine manager Ricardo Lavolpe.

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It wasn't a boring match:rolleyes: at least not the first half.

By the way México deserved to win, it was the best team on the field, "el tri" had many chances to score but... Borgetti, Arellano and Bravo weren't on his best day :mad: :mad: :mad:

Now México have won 2 and draw 2 of the last 4 meetings against Brazil ;)

It wasn't a fair result to México, the victory would be a fairest result.

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Rafael Márquez: "México mereció ganar"

GUADALAJARA -- El seleccionado mexicano Rafael Márquez, opinó que el equipo de México merecía la victoria en el amistoso de fútbol contra Brasil disputado en la ciudad de Guadalajara.

"Creo que México merecía el triunfo, pero no se concretó, pero bueno hay que seguir trabajando, son partidos muy difíciles", comentó Rafael Márquez, jugador del Mónaco francés y el único "extranjero" que llamó para este partido el seleccionador Ricardo Lavolpe.

El mundialista mexicano consideró que Brasil llegó a México cansado: "yo mismo sentí el cansancio" -apuntó- y eso dificultó un poco las cosas, pero al fin cada quien hizo su trabajo.

Márquez consideró que los aficionados que acudieron al estadio Jalisco deben sentirse satisfechos por el espectáculo que hubo en la cancha "aunque faltó el gol".

Lavolpe calificó el partido como "difícil pero se dijo complacido por el manejo que mostró México en muchos momentos del partido, con llegadas claras a la meta rival, aunque dijo que el equipo tiene que aprender a concretar.

"En el primer tiempo se llegan cuatro o cinco jugadas de gol, hay que saber concretar esas jugadas, no es fácil llegar como llegó México", comentó.

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I agree Mexico deserved to win, but it was a boring match.

BTW what was Rubirosa thinking trying to dribble, like he is some kind great dribbler. He is above average dribbler in the Mexican league. But he was not facing Jaguares. He needs to learn to play more on a team base rather than go at it alone.

Now Medina, he is a great talent, the best Mexican attacking prospect since Blanco, Palencia and Arellano came out in the mid 90's.

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agreed, Gabemar. IMO Omar Bravo is the men to watch. Mark my words, he have a brilliant future :star:
 
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