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Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Carvalho caps Brazil's first defeat under Dunga,
Brazil 0-2 Portugal.

For the second time Luiz Felipe Scolari has led Portugal to victory over his fellow countrymen, with whom he won the World Cup, and even this patriot enjoyed the success. It came thanks to two well taken strikes, the second from Ricardo Carvalho in front of the watching Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho.

Substitute Simao Sabrosa got the first eight minutes from time, slotting in Ricardo Quaresma's right-wing cross.

Chelsea's Ricardo Carvalho wrapped it up in stoppage time, hooking home a cross to hand Scolari a second win over his home country as Portugal manager. Lucio went closest for Brazil, but his shot slammed against the crossbar.

Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari:
"Victory over a team that has been top of the world rankings and five times world champion gives us more self-esteem and confidence before our next Euro qualifying match against Belgium

"It was a very good game and either side could have won but we made the better use of our opportunities, although they had more opportunities than us.

Brazil coach Dunga:
"We anticipated these would be dangerous opponents. We should have played the ball more down the wings because, when you go through the middle, you leave yourself open to counter-attacks.

"We have to learn from it. We are starting to prepare for the World Cup. This showed us we have much left to learn. That is football.

Brazil 4-2-3-1 Helton; Maicon (Alves, 64), Lucio, Juan (Luisao, 45), Gilberto; Gilberto Silva, Edmilson · (Tinga, 63); Elano, Kaka, Rafael Sobis (Adriano, 45); Fred (Diego, 68)

Portugal 4-3-3

Ricardo; Miguel, Carvalho (Meira, 90), Andrade, Caneira (Ferriera, 45); Tiago · (Joao Moutinho, 68), Petit, Deco (Viana, 61); Ronaldo (Simao, 63) Postiga (Nuno Gomes, 75), Quaresma

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