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Brazil all set for World Cup, put 5 past lowly Tanzania

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robinho.jpgIt was a walk in the park for the Brazilians in their final World Cup warm up match against minnows Tanzania on Monday in Dar es Salaam. The Samba Kings barely broke a sweat and always looked in control winning 5-1 against the team ranked more than a 100 places below them in the FIFA World Rankings. Former Real Madrid forward, Robinho and Benfica midfielder Ramires grabbed a brace each and Kaka completed the rout for the Brazilians. It was also a memorable night for Tanzanian based Simba FC midfielder Jabir Aziz, who came off the bench to grab a late consolation goal for the hosts, surely a strike his family will narrate for generations to come. Spurs goalkeeper, Heurelho Gomes manned the goal for Brazil in place of Julio Cesar,  who injured himself in the previous friendly against Zimbabwe on 2nd June.

Brazil were up and running in the 10th minute through a cool finish by Robinho, who was assisted by former World Player of the Year Kaka with a one-two. Robinho was again in the midst of the action in the 33rd minute, when he scored with a simple tap in of a header after being played in by Lyon left-wingback Micheal Bastos. The Manchester City striker had a good year with Brazilian club Santos and seems to be in love with the game once again after his stint in England left a sour taste in his throat.

Ramires came on at the start of the second half for Felipe Melo and soon found the back of the net in the 53rd minute through a well taken shot, just inside the box. Kaka finally got his name on the score sheet with a thumping chest after a Maicon assist in the 76th minute. It was the former AC Milan playmaker's first international goal for almost a year. In the 86th minute, Jabir Aziz scored a goal that sent the 35000 odd Taifa Stars supporters into ecstasy. Aziz headed in from a David Naftalli corner. Barcelona defender Daniel Alves turned provider for Ramires's second goal in the 90th minute to clinch a morale boosting win for the 5 times World Cup winners.

Dunga's men are ranked no.1 in the world and have lost only one game in their last 26 encounters. The Samba boys may have seen the end of an era of great individual stars but they certainly seem to be entering a new era of a great and cohesive beautiful football playing ‘team'. Apart from Spain no team really looks to be any match for Brazil who have defeated the likes of Argentina, England and Italy in the last 2 years.

They have been placed in Group G which is this year's ‘Group of Death'. Their opponents include Portugal, Ivory Coast and North Korea. Their opening encounter comes against minnows North Korea, a game they are expected to cruise through as the North Koreans are ranked just slightly above the Tanzanians. Despite their group consisting of a dark horse and another potential winner (barring themselves) the Selecao are considered so strong that they are overwhelming favourites to win this group comfortably. All will be revealed once the show piece event commences on the 11th of June. Nut one thing is for certain, these boys from South America are definitely ‘in it to win it'.

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Group Competitior Previews: Portugal, DPR Korea, Ivory Coast

Group Preview: Group G Preview

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