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4 August 2012
• St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Referee: F. Brych
• Attendance: 42166
Leandro Damião 38', 60'
M. Martínez 12'
R. Espinoza 48'
90' + 3'
FULL TIME: BRAZIL 3-2 HONDURAS. The Central Americans could not muster another chance in stoppage time and Brazil are victorious, twice coming back from behind. Mano Menezes will be pleased to see his side through to the semi-final, but won't be too impressed with the manner in which they were forced to come back.
RED CARD - and as we enter stoppage time in this game, Roger Espinoza, who had a hand in the first goal and scored the second, receives his second yellow card for a professional foul in the centre circle as Brazil look to break. Honduras are down to nine and have little chance now.
Leandro Damiao, who scored two expert and instinctive goals in this game, is replaced by Alexandre Pato.
Another substitution for Honduras: Top scorer Jerry Bengtson is replaced by Antony Lozano. Can he be the hero for his side with less than three minutes of normal time remaining?
Correction: The yellow card was awarded to Marcelo, who was standing with Oscar.
And that's the tenth yellow card, this time for Oscar. Ten now. Brazil are just holding onto the ball well as Honduras chase the game and start to tire.
A yellow card for Leandro Damiao now, for a fairly innocuous coming together of bodies. That's nine handed out in the game, counting the two given to Wilmer Crisanto who was earlier sent off.
Yellow CardLeandro Damião
Yellow CardMaynor Figueroa
Yellow card for Maynor Figueroa, who was nowhere near a high ball with his studs exposed and caught Oscar somewhere around the hip. Dangerous play.
Leandro Damiao is so nearly played in by a beautiful piece of typically Brazilian work by Marcelo and Neymar, but the striker is crowded out by two defenders.
Change for Honduras: Alexander Lopez is on for Luis Garrido and with just over 15 minutes left, the Central Americans have to go for this somewhat.
Maynor Figueroa is going further and further back with his shots from free kicks. This time his run up starts from around the edge of the centre circle in Brazil's half, but it's a tired one that hits the wall.
Another effort on goal from a ridiculously long range free kick by Maynor Figueroa. To be fair to the Wigan man, he has kept each one low and put plenty of power on them, but they've been comfortable fro Gabriel.
Substitution for Brazil: Hulk has failed to score this afternoon and will get no more chances to, as Lucas Moura replaces him with little more than 20 minutes to play.
SO CLOSE HONDURAS! A corner is whipped in and flies around off a series of bodies in the box and somehow ends up on top of the net, not in it. It looked like Thiago Silva got the all-important final touch.
So, in every game so far in this tournament, Brazil have scored three goals. They are going to take some beating.
GOAL!!! BRAZIL LEAD FOR THE FIRST TIME AND IT'S DAMIAO AGAIN!!! Honduras are caught napping after replacing Orlin Peralta with Alfredo Majia, Neymar found Damiao, who controlled, used his body to make space for a shot, and made no mistake, finding the corner from close range. 3-2 Brazil!
A rare moment of calm here in this thoroughly entertaining game, as Honduras look prepared to make a change.
OOH! Close from Neymar, who tries is luck audaciously from a free-kick on the right hand side, but Mendoza punches over.
Yellow CardA. Peralta
GOAL!!! BRAZIL ARE LEVEL AGAIN!!! And it's simple for Neymar, who shuffles his run over to the right hand side of the ball and drills it beyond Mendoza, who went the right way. 2-2!
PENALTY TO BRAZIL! Maynor Figueroa puts Velasquez in trouble with a pass back into the box, Leandro Damiao gets there first and is brought down!
GOAL!!! WOULD YOU BELIEVE IT, HONDURAS ARE BACK IN FRONT!!! Roger Espinoza has the ball on the right hand side, cuts inside onto his left and curls beyond Gabriel! Sensational stuff from the ten-man underdogs!
We're back underway at St James' Park
And that's the half time whistle, with the score Brazil 1-1 Honduras. Mario Martinez gave the underdogs a surprise early lead with a looping finish, but after Wilmer Crisanto's red card, the South Americans were level with an easy finish for Leandro Damiao. Plenty for Honduras to think about at the interval now!
Here's a rundown at half time from Miles Chambers at St James' Park: "A half of two halves, if that makes sense? Brazil were profligate for the opening half an hour and were unable to make the most of their superior possession and passing play. Honduras' surprise lead looked destined to be pegged back when Crisanto was sent off 33 minutes in and, predicatbly, Damiao's tap-in levelled the scoreline for the break. Los Catrachos looked severely less threatening with a man down and it will take a minor miracle for them to hold on or grab another goal to make the Olympic semi-finals."
45' + 2'
Into the final minute of added time here...
Here's more on that Sandro substitution from our man at St James' Park, Miles Chambers, who is equally as baffled as I am: "A strange decision from Brazil coach Mano Menezes. He hauls off Sandro - who does not look injured and has had a decent game - on 42 minutes for fellow central midfielder Danilo. The Tottenham man did not shake Danilo's hand when he came off, instead running straight for the bench. All a little bizarre."
Bengtson feels incredibly hard done by - he wants a corner after challenging with Thiago SIlva for a Maynor Figuero cross. The striker obviously felt he didn't get the last touch on the ball, and the Honduras bench are equally aggrieved.
Substitution for Brazil, as Danilo - who scored against New Zealand - replaces Sandro. The Tottenham man is jogging off, so no indication as yet regarding whether or not the change has been forced by an injury.
It's all Brazil now, and Marcelo has gone close from distance, but Mendoza manages to parry clear.
GOAL!!! LEANDRO DAMIAO FINALLY SCORES!!! Honduras have looked fragile in the few minutes since Crisanto was sent off and Brazil made them pay. It's good work this time from Hulk, who sends a low cross into the six yard box and, as the Honduras backline dallies on the ball, Damiao slides in to prod into an empty net.
Moments later and already Brazil are looking threatening again. Leandro Damiao has another chance, this time only narrowly being thwarted by Mendoza who concedes a corner, which comes to nothing.
Here's more on that red card from our man at St James' Park, Miles Chambers: "Two yellow cards in the space of two minutes - first for clattering Hulk on the halfway line, then for a mistimed tackle on Neymar on Honduras' right wing - sees Wilmer Crisanto given sent off with two thirds of the game still to play. Can the underdogs hold onto their 1-0 lead for 60 minutes with a man down?"
RED CARD - Wilmer Crisanto is sent off! It's two yellow cards in quick succession for the midfielder, who receives the second for flicking out a leg and catching Neymar, who had beaten his man with ease. Honduras have got it all to do to hold on for just under an hour!
Yellow CardW. Crisanto
Juan will want to forget that in a hurry - Martinez dizzied the defender with a series of stepovers that left the centre-back stumbling to the floor, but the Honduras goal scorer wasted the chance to cross, blasting at a defender.
Brazil win a free-kick after Arnold Peralta fouls Neymar, but the Santos man's ball into the box is comfortably cleared.
Leandro Damiao goes close again! The striker found space in the box and controlled a delightful pass from Oscar with the outside of his foot on the left hand side, but the Internacional man struck straight at Jose Mendoza.
Roger Espinoza is the third player to be booked after a heavy challenge on Marcelo. Sandro and Jose Velasquez have also been yellow carded.
Yellow CardR. Espinoza
More good stuff from Honduras - Martinez plays a nice disguised pass through to Bengtson but the striker can't cross, and Figueroa gets the chance to whip the ball in but overhits the delivery.
Some nice passing football being played at St James' park now. First a move involving some slick passing between Marcelo and Neymar breaks down, before Honduras move the ball from left to right with ease. Hulk has a chance to square for a team-mate but is blocked out.
After a couple of great early chances, Brazil are just trying to force the issue a little now. There's still plenty of time left in this game for them to equalise.
Like Figueroa before him, Hulk tries an ambitious long range free-kick, but again is blocked by the wall. Sandro eventually manages to work the ball into the box and Leandro Damiao tries an ambitious overhead kick but it flies miles over from a tight angle.
Yellow CardJ. Velásquez
Honduras immediately have a chance to double their lead. Maynor Figuero blasts a free-kick straight into the wall but wins another for handball, but this time the Wigan left-back is thwarted by a save low down from Gabriel. Thrilling start at St James' Park!
GOAL!!! AND IT'S HONDURAS!!! Mario Martinez is the scorer, as Espinoza's pass bobbles up into his path off the foot of a team-mate and he loops a volley in! What a shock - Honduras lead!
What a pass from Oscar! The Chelsea man lifts a lovely pass in behind the Honduras defense and Neymar meets it, but the striker can't get the ball under control and it's eventually bundled clear.
Brazil are back on the ball, with Hulk trying an elaborate through ball, but it bounces out harmlessly for a goal kick for Honduras.
Mario Martinez is down on the right hand side and has won a free-kick, though I'm not sure all the rolling around was entirely necessary. The resulting set piece is comfortably cleared, and Martinez trips Marcelo as he attempts to break.
Another close call for Honduras as Brazil are one block away from going ahead. This time it was Oscar latching onto a pass into the box, but Johnny Leveron stands firm and keeps the shot away from goal.
Honduras have had some time on the ball on the left hand side now, but despite good work by Jerry Bengtson and a couple of Maynor Figueroa throw-ins they can't fashion a cross.
OOH! Early chance for Brazil, as Leandro Damiao flicks on a long ball, beats his man and with just the goalkeeper to beat, sidefoots his shot wide. The striker will be very disappointed to have missed that.
And we're underway at St James' Park, with Neymar and Leandro Damiao kicking us off.
Some familiar faces in that Brazil team of course, including Thiago Silva, Tottenham midfielder Sandro and Chelsea new boy Oscar, among many, many more. Honduras have a decidedly less glamorous squad, but have surprised plenty by getting this far - could they spring an even bigger upset today?
There are just under ten minutes remaining until kick-off, so let's have a look at the teams: Brazil: Gabriel; Rafael, Thiago Silva, Juan, Marcelo; Romulo, Sandro; Oscar; Hulk, Damiao, Neymar. Honduras: Mendoza; A Peralta, Leveron, Velasquez, Figueroa; Garrido, O Perlta, Espinoza, Crisanto; Martinez, Bengtson.
Good afternoon everyone! We're into the quarter-finals of the Olympic football tournament and we've got a real treat in store at St James' Park this afternoon, as Brazil take on Spain-conquerors Honduras!
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