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International friendly wrap: Brazil edge Ghana, Bolivia misery continues

6 September 2011 04:38

A delightfully-taken goal by Leandro Damiao proved to be the difference as Brazil beat Ghana 1-0 in a friendly at Craven Cottage on Monday.

The youngster finished with ice-cold precision to give his side the lead after 44 minutes, but Mano Menezes' men could not press home their advantage against a Ghana side forced to play the majority of the match with 10 players.

Ghana's goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey was largely to thank for keeping the scoreline respectable with a fantastic performance.

Ghana lined up without two key players in Asamoah Gyan and Andre Ayew who were both out through injury. Ronaldinho and Marcelo both started for Brazil who were seeking a much needed win.

With the game in the balance Ghana failed to go ahead after 12 minutes. A penetrating ball from Derek Boateng found Samuel Inkoom in behind the defence. The pressure got to the midfielder and a stray touch enabled Lucio to get to his cutback first.

Brazil began to dictate the tempo after 20 minutes but were opting for the long ball too often to create any clear cut chances.

After Neymar missed a header from 12 yards, Damiao opened the scoring with his first international goal on the stroke of half time.

His diagonal run across the backline was spotted by Fernandinho and the Shakhtar midfielder’s vision and execution in the pass was matched in the finish as Damiao struck the ball low, drilling it across Kwarasey and into the corner.

Brazil began to dominate early in the second half, attacking in vast numbers as they settled and became more comfortable with possession.

Ronaldinho pinged a great ball into the box late on but Pato's header could not get past the inspired Ghana goalkeeper. Soon after he made another excellent save from a Ronaldinho free kick.

The Flamengo man had a solid game but could not get the better of the Black Stars.

Elsewhere, Bolivia’s winless run has extended to 15 matches after they played out a 0-0 draw at home to Peru.

Gustavo Quinteros’ team has not won since beating Brazil in a World Cup qualifier on October 11 2009 and again failed to impress in front of their home fans.

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1 - 0

Ghana

W D L D L
Competition
Friendlies
Date
5 September 2011
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
1 - 0

Goals

1 - 0

Lineups

Substitutes

Player Bookings
11'
Player Bookings
76'

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