18 October 2008

Portugal game friendly Brazil - Portugal, Nov. 19, 2008 Time 22h local time (Brasilia), 4pm USA Pacific time

Brazil - Portugal
Friendly, Nov. 19, 2008
Estadio Bezerrão, Brasilia, Brazil
22h local time (Brasilia), 4 PM USA Pacific time

Brasilia time now:

Before Portugal's next qualifier Portugal v. Sweden on March 28, 2009, they'll play against the great BRAZIL in a friendly.

On paper everyone knows Brazil wins. However, in the last friendly, February 7, 2007, at the Emirates stadium, in England, the final score was Brazil 0-2 Portugal. The goals were by Simao and Ricardo Carvalho. It was Brazil's first defeat under Dunga.

Two key differences in this friendly:
1) Portugal's new coach- Carlos Queiroz . Still doesn't have a convincing starting lineup.
2) Brazil will play at home, as opposed to England, and we'll see how the home support affects the team. Brazil drew their last qualifier in Brasilia.

Some Portugal players from that friendly's lineup retired or are injured.

(Video- minute 52 to 54, LAST FRIENDLY- Brazil 0-2 Portugal, February 7, 2007, Emirates stadium, England. Narration in Portuguese)

The lineup Portugal 4-3-3
Ricardo gk. Quim is the preferred goalkeeper under Carlos Queiroz. Ricardo hasn't even been on the last 2 call-up lists for Portugal's 2010 world cup qualifiers.

Miguel- Bosingwa started as right-back and Miguel on the bench.

Carvalho (Meira, 90), - Injured, Bruno Alves played in his place in the last game.
Andrade- Pepe gained the central-defender position since the Euro 2008.

Caneira (Ferreira, 45) - Ferreira played as a left-back in the last qualifier.
Tiago (Joao Moutinho, 68)- Injured.
Petit- Retired

Deco (Viana, 61)- Injured
Ronaldo (Simao, 63) - As seen in the last qualifier Portugal 0-0 Albania, Cristiano Ronaldo is FAR from being in his best shape.

Postiga (Nuno Gomes, 75) - Queiroz insists on putting Hugo Almeida as a forward.
Quaresma - Was a substitute in the last qualifier Portugal 0-0 Albania.

Cristiano Ronaldo was in the starting lineup as captain. Portugal coach Scolari replaced him with Simao Sabrosa in the second half and that's when the Portugal team scored both goals to get a victory.

Video- Ricardo Carvalho's goal filmed by fans in the stands.

82nd minute- Substitute Simao Sabrosa scored the first goal, eight minutes from time from Ricardo Quaresma's right-wing cross.

90th minute- The winning goal scored by Chelsea's Ricardo Carvalho in stoppage time.

LAST FRIENDLY- Brazil 0-2 Portugal, February 7, 2007
Brazil 4-2-3-1
Helton; Maicon (Alves, 64), Lucio, Juan (Luisao, 45), Gilberto; Gilberto Silva, Edmilson · (Tinga, 63); Elano, Kaka, Rafael Sobis (Adriano, 45); Fred (Diego, 68)

Portugal 4-3-3
Ricardo; Miguel, Carvalho (Meira, 90), Andrade, Caneira (Ferreira, 45); Tiago · (Joao Moutinho, 68), Petit, Deco (Viana, 61); Ronaldo (Simao, 63) Postiga (Nuno Gomes, 75), Quaresma

Will Brazil beat Portugal this time?
What will be the best Portugal starting lineup?

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