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29 July 2012
• Old Trafford, Manchester
Referee: Y. Nishimura
• Attendance: 66212
Alexandre Pato 15'
90' + 3'
Full-time at Old Trafford. Brazil 3-1 Belarus. Brazil's deserved victory sees the Selecao progress to the quarter-finals with Neymar starring throughout. The 20-year-old set up Alexandre Pato's goal in the first half and was again decisive in the second half as he both won and converted a spectacular freekick to put his side in the lead. He capped off his display with an unselfish layoff to the influential Oscar who added a late third goal. Mano Menezes' side however were restricted to few chances in the first half, and after conceding an early goal against the run of play will be aware that concentration will be crucial as the tournament progresses and his side face a possible quarter-final against Spain as they attempt to collect an Olympic Gold.
Goal Brazil! Oscar! Juan finds Neymar on the left flank and after two excellent touches to take him towards the edge of the box, the Santos starlet backheels the ball into the path of the overlapping Oscar who finishes confidently inside the near post.
Lucas Moura is fouled by Sergei Politevich and Oscar takes the freekick, which is saved by Gutor.
Porto's newly signed Danilo replaces Hulk in a move to shore up the defence.
Sao Paulo's Manchester United target Lucas Moura replaces Alexandre Pato to bring fresh legs in attack. Mano Menezes will want to ensure his side continue to attack and avoid coming under pressure as Belarus seek an equaliser.
Belarus are attacking more as the game draws to a close and Mikhail Gordeichuk advances down the left flank to swing in a cross which Juan is on hand to clear.
Yellow CardStanislav Dragun
Neymar stuns the crowd with a breathtaking run through what seems like half the Belarus team, advancing all the way from the left flank into the box. He attempts a drag back but is stopped by a crunching tackle from Igor Kuzmenok.
The tiring Kornilenko is taken off for fellow forward Egor Zubovich in an attempt to put fresh legs up front.
Neymar takes a corner from the right but the cross is headed clear.
Brazil calmly stroking the ball around the pitch as they appear to seek to kill the game, but a startling change of pace sees Alexandre Pato receive the ball on the edge of the box and seek to play in Neymar. Gutor however manages to claim the ball.
Midfielder Ilya Aleksievich is taken off for forward Andrei Voronkov as Belarus search for a way back into the game.
Rafael advances into the box and hooks the ball back to Alexandre Pato, who is unable to connect.
Goal Brazil! Neymar curls the freekick from the right edge of the box into the top left corner. Goalkeeper Aleksandr Gutor may be unhappy with his positioning as the effort beat him in the half of the goal he himself was protecting. But the freekick arrowed straight into the top corner and the gifted 20-year-old will rightly take the credit for breaking the deadlock.
Neymar extravagantly twists away from a challenge but is fouled outside the right edge of the box.
Holding midfielder Sandro is taken off for the talented playmaker Ganso in an attacking change from Mano Menezes.
Bardini Bressan spots Neto off his line and tries to chip the Brazil keeper with a carefully curled effort into the top corner. Neto tips it wide but the incident will remind the Selecao of the need to make the most of their chances.
Belarus captain Stanislav Dragun fouls Neymar but the referee plays advantage, and Oscar threatens to take advantage with a powerful shot from the edge of the box that Gutor parries.
Oscar demonstrates great composure in front of the opposition box to evade challenges from two defenders before finding Rafael with a through ball chipped over the defence. The full-back's cross does not find its destination however.
Oscar narrowly fails to connect with Alexandre Pato's header back across goal.
Neymar cuts inside from the left flank and fires wide of the far post.
Marcelo shoots powerfully from outside the left edge of the box. His effort curves across Gutov but the keeper deals with it confidently.
Oscar at first looks to spread the ball to the right flank but instead turns inside onto his left foot before firing over the bar.
Dimitri Baga dangerously gives the ball away to Hulk in the middle of the pitch, who sprints forward with the ball but attempts too much in trying to get past Sergei Politevich.
Brazil start the second half at a high tempo after taking a while to appear after half time.
It's half-time at Old Trafford with the score at 1-1. Mano Menezes' side have looked comfortable on the ball and attacked confidently with a fluid style throughout the first half, although they have created few chances. Belarus however have defended competantly and threatened on the break, requiring the Selecao to exercise caution as they seek to take the lead after Alexandre Pato cancelled out Bardini Bressan's surprise early goal.
45' + 1'
Neymar combines on the left edge of the box with Marcelo before attempting to curl a speculative effort into the top right corner, which flies over.
Alexandre Pato is called offside as he looks to run on to a throughball.
Belarus carelessly give the ball away by passing straight to Romulo, who finds Hulk on the right edge of the box. His pass to Oscar is intercepted but Georgy Kondratyev's side are coming under pressure as the game approaches half time.
Rafael curves a dangerous low cross in front of the keeper. Pato darts to the near post but is unable to connect.
Gutor advances to claim a cross and again looks early for Kornilenko.
Hulk shapes to shoot on his favoured left foot on the edge of the box but blasts a wild effort over the bar.
Rafael runs beyond Hulk into the box, but his cross is blocked.
Bardini Bressan slides in an accurate pass to Kornilenko on the right wing. The striker does well to get to the byline past 2 defenders but dwells on the ball and is tackled as his teammates flood into the box.
Neymar stylishly pirouettes away from a defender on the left flank before switching the play to Hulk, who gets to the by-line but fires in a hard cross that his teammates are unable to connect with.
Neto nervily concedes a corner after tipping Bardini Bressan's freekick out of play. The Belarus attacker had been expected to put in a cross from the right flank but unexpectedly chose to float a speculative effort towards the far corner.
Kornilenko fouls Thiago Silva in frustration after the defender stepped in to win possession. It's a difficult role for the striker, who has support from Bardini Bressan on occasion but is frequently left to attack on his own.
Neymar reappears on the left flank and lays the ball off to Oscar, whose shot from the edge of the box is accidentally blocked by Hulk.
Hulk swaps flanks with Neymar who moves to the right, and immediately threatens as he darts in between the opposition defenders and flashes a low cross across the box.
Oscar, who has looked lively in linking Brazil's play in the middle of the park, looks to test keeper Gutor from outside the edge of the box, but his shot flies into the keeper's arms.
Belarus keeper Gutor immediately aims for Kornilenko on receiving the ball. He has done that before and it seems to be a particular strategy with the aim of catching Brazil unaware.
The game has got off to an excellent start in the first fifteen minutes and Brazil are looking confident, showcasing an expansive game and stretching the game. Marcelo and Rafael are getting well forward.
Goal Brazil! Alexandre Pato! Neymar appears to be no threat outside the left edge of the box ahead of a packed defence, but he shifts the ball onto his right foot and floats in an excellent cross to Pato, who times his run to perfection and directs a header from close range into the back of the net.
Yellow CardAleksey Kozlov
Kozlov receives a yellow card for a foul on Marcelo.
Hulk runs onto a through ball on the right edge of the box and goalkeeper Aleksandr Gutor dashes out to attempt to intercept. The Porto forward falls over the keeper and appeals for a penalty but to no avail.
Goal Belarus! Aleksei Kozlov receives the ball on the right flank and curls in an excellent, precise cross towards the back post. Brazilian-born Renan Bardini Bressan runs into the box ahead of Rafael to put a free header inside the despairing keeper Neto's left post. Slack marking from the right back.
Hulk shimmies to make room for a shot outside the left edge of the box but the ball is intercepted.
Belarus enjoy their first spell of possession down the left side of the pitch.
Belarus' Sergei Kornilenko is fouled by Rafael on the right of the pitch. The Manchester United full back has got forward down the right flank and tested the opposition's defence with some early crosses.
Brazil get the game underway at Old Trafford and stroke the ball around the middle of the pitch.
Alexandre Pato starts in place of Leandro Damiao in attack, in Brazil's only change after their 3-2 win over Egypt. For Belarus, Ilya Aleksievich replaces Artem Solovei.
Belarus: Gutor; Kozlov, Kuzmenok, Politevich, Polyakov, Gordeichuk; Aleksievich, Dragun, Baga; Bardini Bressan; Kornilenko. Substitutes: Shcherbakov, Gavrilovich, Solovei, Khvashchinsky, Voronkov, Zubovich, Skavysh.
Brazil: Neto; Rafael, Thiago Silva, Juan Jesus, Marcelo; Romulo, Sandro; Oscar; Hulk, Alexandre Pato, Neymar. Substitutes: Gabriel, Bruno Uvini, Danilo, Alex Sandro, Ganso, Lucas, Leandro Damiao.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's Live Commentary of Brazil v Belarus in the second round of matches in Group C at the Olympic Games. I'm Arthur Virgo with the events at Old Trafford as they happen.
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