Brazil 6-0 Iraq: Kaka strikes on international return as Selecao romp to victory

Mano Menezes' decision to recall Kaka is justified as the South American side completes a dominant win over minnow Iraq, which extends its unbeaten run to five games
Brazil secured a comfortable 6-0 over Iraq in Sweden, as a much-changed starting 11 dominated the game without the presence of a recognized number nine.

The Canarinho were looking for their fifth consecutive win, as Mano Menezes looks to re-instate his side as a major footballing superpower before the nation hosts the World Cup in 2014.

Brazil started the better of the two sides and its pressure quickly came to fruition, as two of the country's hottest prospects combined. Neymar slid a scything pass through the Iraqi defense, allowing Oscar to race through on goal and stroke the ball past the onrushing Sabri, to give Selecao a deserved lead in the 22nd minute.

Minutes later Oscar struck again, with Kaka picking up an assist, as the Real Madrid playmaker pulled the ball back to the edge of the six yard box for the youngster, who passed home comfortably for his second of the night.

The heroics of Sabri and the aid of the Iraqi woodwork kept the Asian side's deficit to only two goals at the halftime break, as Brazil dominated possession and chances, with Hulk, Kaka and David Luiz being denied.

Iraq failed to register a shot on target in the opening 45 minutes, with the majority of the football being played inside its own half, as it struggled to string passes together to break out of the Brazilian siege.

Sabri was immediately called into action in the second half as normal service was resumed, making a reaction save to deny Oscar a 47 minute hat trick. However, the early pressure did force a goal, as Kaka capped his return to the Brazil set-up with a powerful near post finish in the next passage of play.

In the 56th minute, the Samba Boys were celebrating yet again, as Hulk saw a deflected effort find its way past the helpless Iraqi goalkeeper, off the boot of an Iraqi defender.

Iraq almost pulled a goal back in the 60th minute, as it looked to land its first shot on target, but Younes Mahmoud was left frustrated as he saw his effort blocked en route to goal.

Total control was restored for Brazil in the 76th minute however, as the lively Neymar scored a wonderful goal, as the Santos star brought down a lofted ball, before curling an effort inside the far post. Substitute Lucas Moura added the sixth goal five minutes later, finishing easily from the edge of the box.

No more chances materialized for Selecao after Lucas's strike, as Brazil was happy to sit back and retain possession. Iraq finally managed to achieve a shot on target in stoppage time, in a game where it rarely threatened Diego Alves' goal.

After a commanding 6-0 win, which extends Brazil's current unbeaten run, coach Menezes will be satisfied with his side and pleased with Kaka's contribution on his return to the international stage.

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