Monday, June 15, 2009

Brazil 4 - 3 Egypt: Samba kings edge out Egypt in seven goal thriller

Brazil emerged victorious from a seven goal thriller against African Champions Egypt, in what turned out to be a VERY entertaining match in Bloemfontein.
The South Americans opened the scoring inside the first five minutes through a sublime finish from Real Madrid's new signing Kaka.
The Brazilian attacker showed the South African crowed why Real were prepared to pay 56 Million pounds for his services as he danced through the Egyptian defence with a two brilliant flicks before calmly slotting the ball past Essam El-Hadry in the Egyptian goal.
Egypt were soon back on level terms though as Mohammed Zidan finished off a good attacking move by heading past Julio Cesar from a pinpoint cross 4 minutes later. However Brazil fought back and unbelievably re-took the lead in the 12th minute after Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano headed in from Elano's free-kick, in looked like being another high scoring match in the Confederations Cup.

Brazil then extended their lead in the 38th minute when Juan scored with a powerful header from Elano's corner-kick, which left the Egyptians with a mountain to climb in the second half.

Egypt wasted little time in mounting their fight back though and the Pharaoh's pulled a goal back 10 minutes after the re-start when Mohamed Shawky beat Cesar with a well placed shot from outside the box, and a minute later Zidan turned the match on it's head when he grabbed his second goal of the match to level matters for Egypt! The striker blasting the ball past a helpless Cesar after running onto a through ball to complete a memorable comeback.

It wasn't to be though for the African Champions as Brazil snatched a winner two minutes from time when they were awarded a penalty by referee Howard Webb after Ahmed Al Muhamadi deliberately handled Lucio's goal-bound shot. Kaka stepped up to take the spot kick and showed great composure to squeeze the ball into the corner past the diving keeper in the 90th minute as the thrilling match ended 4-3.

It was great to see the stadium full of fans today and while Egypt may have one down they made the continent proud with a spirited performance against the Samba Kings.

Ke Nako!

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