Brazil Brush Aside Rep. Ireland In London

Brazilian Football by SBSenior Analyst IMarch 2, 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 02:  Robinho of Brazil celebrates after Keith Andrews of Ireland scored an own goal from his cross for Brazil's first goal during the International Friendly match between Republic of Ireland and Brazil played at Emirates Stadium on March 2, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)
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Once again Londoners were treated to a rare opportunity to watch top class football as the Seleção took apart the Rep. of Ireland in an effortless training style presentation.

Robinho was the big name on the night as he created the first goal with a brilliantly timed run beating the offside trap, reminiscent of the goal he scored versus Argentina in the Copa America final, with a deflected cross into the goal off a terrified Irish defender.

Rep. of Ireland put up a great fight and until this goal with a well organised defense and moments in attack.

Under their Italian coach Trapattoni (the self proclaimed best marker of Pele ever) the Irish have evolved greatly and as we all know are of World Cup level pedigree, absent from South Africa due to blatant FIFA/ French cheating episode.

Coming into the second half Ireland went after an equaliser which only made it easier for Brazil to show off their 5 star world renowned football.

The crowd who had been screaming Brazil Brazil Brazil since the very start, to the dismay of the Irish who live across the street from the stadium, would soon be rewarded.

The second goal was a gem of vintage Brazilian football with an entire minute of possession 22 touches 2 backheals and a deadly finish by Santos forward Robinho for 2-0 and so it ended.

New boy on the block Grafite had a wonderful 15min. of fame..literally 15min of fame as he came on just before the end replacing Adriano and created a bit of a headache for Mr.Dunga.

Grafite got a chance to wear the world's most famous uniform due to a last minute injury to Luis Fabiano, and made good use of it. All Dunga had to say after the match was _we'll keep watching him_.

Flamengo forward Adriano had an ordinary performance by his own high standards but continues to play much better than he did in Europe as expressed Dunga's own words _the joy has returned to his football after returning to Brazil_.

All in all it was a convincing victory for Brazil versus a very well organised but technically challenged Republic of Ireland.