Monday, 15 October 2007

Impressive Colombia draw with limp Brazil

Brazil will feel fortunate to have come away with a draw from their opening 2010 qualifier, after a young Colombia side performed better than their established stars for large portions of the game in Bogota.

Colombia had the best of a rain-delayed first half in front of the noisy home crowd, with Watson Renteria twice forcing saves from Julio Cesar in the Brazilian goal. Both sides had definite penalties waved away by referee Carlos Amarilla, with Colombia manager Jorge Luis Pinto sent to the stands for his protest.

The second half followed a similar pattern, with Brazil again looking sluggish and Colombia's high tempo attacks looking likely to break through their defence. Substitutes Freedy Grisales and Aldo Leao Ramirez saw long range strikes saved by Julio Cesar, but the Colombians couldn't find the goal they deserved to cap a strong performance.

Brazil's solitary effort of note came from Mineiro, who saw his fierce long range drive well held by Agustin Julio in the Colombian goal.

Dunga will be content to have come away with a draw against a rampant Colombia side, but Brazilian fans will be expecting more when they face Ecuador at home on Wednesday. Jorge Luis Pinto will be greatly encouraged by the performance of his side and will hope they can get a result away to Bolivia, also on Wednesday.

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