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Luis Fabiano double gives Brazil lucky win

Sao Paulo, Nov 22: Luis Fabiano scored twice to give Brazil a fortuitous 2-1 win over Uruguay in a World Cup qualifier after the visitors had taken an early lead and dominated the game.

Goalkeeper Julio Cesar came to Brazil's rescue several times Yesterday as they beat their smaller neighbours for the first time since 1999, a run stretching over six matches.

Sebastian Abreu gave Uruguay an eighth-minute lead before Luis Fabiano equalised in the 44th minute and snatched the winner midway through the second half.

An impatient Morumbi crowd jeered Brazil, insulted coach Dunga and booed Ronaldinho and Robinho when they were substituted in the second half. Brazil have eight points from four games in the South American group and Uruguay have four.

''We didn't play well especially in the first half and we gave the ball away a lot, when our passing is usually our strength,'' Dunga told reporters.

''We will improve and there's no point in changing everything just because of one game. I'm happy with the result and because we overcame our difficulties.'' Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez was happy with his team's performance but not the result.

''We played a good game, unfortunately it didn't get us anywhere because we were not clinical enough,'' he said.

Uruguay captain Diego Lugano said: ''We played better over the 90 minutes but we lacked experience to kill off the game.

It's very difficult with all the forwards that Brazil have.''


Uruguay sounded an early warning when Luis Suarez narrowly failed to make contact with Cristian Rodriguez's cross and Ignacio Gonzalez forced a good save from Julio Cesar.

They went ahead in the eighth minute when Maximiliano Pereira skipped past Ronaldinho and crossed to the far post for Abreu to score with a diving header.

Although Kaka had a penalty appeal turned down for Brazil after a typically powerful run, Uruguay continued to create the better chances.

Julio Cesar made difficult saves to keep out shots by Alvaro Gonzalez and Pereira, while Rodriguez fired over from an excellent position after a sweeping move down the left.

The Brazilian crowd grew restless, booing their team and insulting Dunga after only half an hour.

But the hosts equalised out of the blue in the 44th minute when Luis Fabiano scored from a narrow angle with a shot which went through Fabian Carini's legs.

Suarez had an excellent chance to regain the lead for Uruguay early in the second half when he broke down the right but he was foiled by Juan's last-ditch tackle.

Brazil went ahead against the run of play in the 65th minute when Gilberto mis-hit a shot and the ball fell to Luis Fabiano who swept it into the goal.

Uruguay replied immediately and Julio Cesar made a superb save to turn away an Abreu header.


Story first published: Thursday, November 22, 2007, 10:34 [IST]
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