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15.06.2009 18:07

Alves begins with hard-fought win (4-3)


Brazil have started their Confederations Cup campaign with a 4-3 win over Egypt thanks to a stoppage time penalty. Dani Alves had an outstanding game for the South Americans.

Dani Alves has begun Brazil’s Confederations Cup campaign with a 4-3 win over Egypt in a tense finish. The Barça player was on the pitch for all ninety minutes at right back and was active throughout the game.

Lively start

Brazil were the better side in the first half. In the 5th minute an assist from Alves let in Kaka to make it 1-0. Egypt then came storming back to equalise with a Zidan header in the 8th minute, before Luis Fabiano restored Brazil’s lead three minutes later.

Dani Alves almost made it three with a free kick in the 36th minute, before Juan drove home from the subsequent corner.

Unexpected change

Everything seemed to be going Brazil’s way until the 54th minute when Shaky fired home a piledriver from outside the box. Zidan then rounded off a counterattack with a low shot that beat Julio César.

The closing stages of the game were very open before Brazil got their winner. Almuhamadi handled to stop Lucio scoring and Kaka promptly drove home the penalty in stoppage time.
Alves begins with hard-fought win (4-3)
Spain to play on Wednesday
The next Barça players to turn out in the Confederations Cup will be those representing Spain. After beating New Zealand 5-0, Puyol, Piqué, Xavi and Busquets will be taking on Iraq on Wednesday (4 pm).

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