Brazil 3 Argentina 1. Purged of all the gloom and doom associated with Brazil’s previous performances in the World Cup qualifiers, fans had good reason to celebrate a great victory at Morumbi, a victory the result of talent and application. A victory that showed it is still possible to unite competitiveness and artistry in the game of Brazilian football. What we saw last Wednesday night was exactly this: ninety minutes during which Brazil dominated the game and played far better football than in any previous qualifier to overcome a tough opponent and archrival Argentina with determined and skillful football.
Brazil thrilled the packed Morumbi stadium from the outset. Despite the strength and obvious class of their opponents Brazil showed their fans just what they can do, particularly in the quality of play between strikers Ronaldinho and Alex.
However, this was just half the story. Brazil showed not only competence but great competitive spirit, playing well in the midfield, solid in defence and creative in their attacks. As a result, the 2 -1 scoreline was a fair result at the end of the first half. Argentina never let up in their counter attacks and the action was hot right up to the half-time whistle when Almeyda scored their goal.
Contrary to in previous games, it was Brazil that got off on the right foot going up 1 - 0 after only five minutes. There was a plethora of scoring opportunities before Vampeta finally netted the second.
Brazil came back in the second half having shrugged off any potential ill effects of the Argentine goal scored by Almeyda. The team played consistently and played the football necessary to contain an opponent such as Argentina with all its international stars.
As a result, Brazil was rewarded with their third goal after only five minutes of the second half, when Vampeta once again got together with Alex. There were several chances to turn the game into a veritable trouncing but in the end this was not to be.
At the end, with victory ensured, Brazilian fans demonstrated that they were finally happy with their team shouting “ole” after each pass and booing any Argentine attempts to play the ball. The applause after the final whistle showed just how much the game had been appreciated.