Brazil Silences The Centenario with an Unprecedented 4-0

Brazilian Football by SBSenior Analyst IJune 7, 2009

Uruguay had not suffered a home defeat at the hands of the Selecao for 33 years.

The Centenario in Uruguay's capital city Montevideo had, up till yesterday, been a safe house, to stave off the onslaughts of the mighty Brazil.

All of this came to a crashing end as a 52,000 strong, mostly Uruguayan crowd, were silenced by a convincing 4-0 Brazil goleada.

Perhaps for the first time ever the cry "Brazil Brazil" gently echoed throughout the Uruguayan capital as Dunga's men made history tearing through Uruguay's defence in methodical fashion while giving up nothing in return.

The zesty Daniel Alves was given a starting chance due to Maicon's injury and he did not waste it. Apart from defending tooth and nail, Dani opened the scoring in the 11th minute with a long range shot which took a strange bounce and slipped by the unfortunate Uruguayan goalkeeper Viera.

The pitch at the Centenario was in a horrendous state for the match. This was probably an attempt by Uruguayan officials to slow down Brazil's free-flowing game but in an ironic twist may have contributed to Brazil's first goal.

Juan managed to then score from a corner rifling in a header which actually came on the second attempt as the Uruguayan keeper saved the first attempt only to see Elano cross the ball in again and Juan make no mistake the second time.

Uruguay playing at home continued to pressure in a bid to salvage at least a draw but several efforts were thwarted by none other than the world's finest goalkeeper—Julio Cesar.

Throughout the match Julio Cesar made spectacular saves living up to his reputation as the world's best.

The second half showed no letting up by the Selecao as the talent of Robinho and Kaka showed class time and time again controlling the midfield and coordinating counter attacks against a desperate Uruguay.

These efforts finally paid off with a third goal, after a well worked play involving many players, Luis Fabiano rifled in a powerful shot and became top scorer not only for Brazil but the entire tournament.

Kaka sealed the deal with a penalty, for a foul he himself suffered, neatly tucked away, as top class players are expected to do.

The win put Brazil on top as leaders of the South American World Cup qualifiers.

So has Dunga found the formula? Only time can answer this question as Brazil will next meet Paraguay at home and then go on to play in the Confederations Cup coming up against some of the world's better squads.

Against Paraguay, home based Internacional's Nilmar will probably start as Luis Fabiano is suspended for a red card he picked up due to a second yellow. In a divided ball with the Uruguayan goalie Luis tried to get out of the way but the referee saw it as an attempt to invent a penalty and showed him his marching orders.

Apart from this incident the referee Saul Laverni did a wonderful job in what was his first match at this level.

Uruguayan Max Pereira was also sent off close to the end for a frustrated act of violence on Cruzeiro's Ramires who had come on to replace Manchester City's Elano.

Pato was not even on the bench for this match and also noticeably absent was Anderson.

Without the clumsy Anderson midfield did seem to flow better.

Dunga's gradual adjustments seem to be paying off as the Selecao have now scored 16 goals in five matches versus Portugal, Italy, Ecuador, Peru, and Uruguay—conceding only three.