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Brazil sharp in rout of Iran

Well-taken free kicks. Spot-on timing. Top-notch finishing.

Yup, it's Brazil.

Dani Alves scored on a perfectly placed free kick, and Alexandre Pato and Nilmar added the insurance goals as Brazil topped Iran, 3-0, in an international friendly on Thursday in Abu Dhabi.

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  1. Seriously, this article looks like it’s straight from ESPNSOCCERNET. Brazil didn’t look very good at all. I actually thought they looked terrible to be honest, but of course since it’s Brazil everybody just flatters them anyways.

  2. Anyone who saw the game today — live on, with an encore presentation on espn2 slated for Friday at 1pm EST — would hardly say it was a Brazilian “rout.”

    The scoreline flattered Brazil, who made the most out of their sporadic chances, while Iran looked solid and should’ve been in the lead in the first few minutes when they had a perfectly good goal disallowed by a bogus offside call. (We all know who’s writing the paychecks on the ‘Brazil World Tour’, don’t we?) The Iranians then hit a post right after halftime, spurning their chance to equalize.

    As’s Tim Vickery noted tonight, Iran put up a much tougher fight against the Brazilians than the USA did — and the Americans were on home turf, while today’s matchup was on neutral grounds.

  3. good point. Nations can wait generations for a player like that. Brazil seems to hve a new one every four years.

    A bummer when your nation’s best hope for becoming a world class striker is a backup at Fulham, or Villareal, or Sochaux, and so on.

  4. that finish by Pato was just so cool. La dee da let me place this in the top corner. Wonder how long it’ll take before we have a kid like that. 5 years? 30 years?


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