Brazil Teach Portugal How the Beautiful Game Is Played

Brazilian Football by SBSenior Analyst INovember 19, 2008

Brazil 6-2 Portugal

Luis Fabiano’s hat trick helped lead Brazil to its biggest win over Portugal in a 6-2 spanking this Wednesday.

The Canarinhos had been held scoreless in three consecutive home games in the South American World Cup qualifiers recently.

The game lined up Brazil’s Kaka against Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

Kaka orchestrated many of Brazil’s attacks and Robinho was spectacular. The Portuguese star, Cristiano Ronaldo, did little as his team was humiliated at the new Bezerrao Stadium outside Brasilia.

Portugal gave the home side a scare when Danny scored four minutes in, but Luis Fabiano evened the score four minutes later on a brilliant play by Robinho.

Robinho stole the ball from Portugal’s Brazilian import, Pepe, broke down the left, and dished in an impeccable pass for Luis Fabiano's first of the night.

In the 24th minute the rout began when Kaka escaped two defenders and his right-foot cross was converted again by Luis Fabiano.

Ten minutes into the second half, Maicon made it 3-1 putting the finish on a vintage Brazil move which involved countless different players.

His drive between the left post and goalkeeper Quim was followed two minutes later with Luis Fabiano completing his hat trick; poking home a rebound from a save by Quim.

Simao Sabrosa halved the deficit with Portugal’s second goal, but Elano extended the lead three minutes after that with a superb goal that deceived Quim.

Luis Fabiano was replaced by Adriano, who capped the night by heading in the last goal set up by another substitute, Marcelo.

Pele, who was on hand to receive yet another award celebrating his 1000th goal, kicked the match off and seemed to thoroughly enjoy what he saw.

Many fans had come to see the man the international media were calling the world`s best. They left with an eyeful of Kaka, Robinho, Luis Fabiano, and Adriano.

Equally impressive were Maicon and Thiago Silva who made slight work of a certain media made Portuguese number 7.

Most fans left the Bezerrao asking the question: "Cristiano who?"