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August 1, 2012
• St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Referee: B. Gassama
• Attendance: 25201
Leandro Damião 29'
New Zealand U23
90' + 3'
FULL TIME! Brazil coasted through this game in all honesty. The All Whites huffed and puffed but couldn't get close to Mano Senezes's side who ran out 3-0 winners despite getting a man sent off late on. Brazil top Group C and are red hot favourites for the gold medal now.
90' + 2'
New Zealand throwing bodies into the box in search of a late consolation here but Brazil stand firm and deny the All Whites even a sniff at goal.
Three minutes of time will be added on at the end of the half.
You wouldn't be able to tell which team are a man light here. Brazil have the ball glued to their feet and were close to a fourth goal as Damilo steers his low shot wide of the mark. Rafael then tries his luck from range forcing a good save from O'Keefe.
Goal.com's Miles Chambers at St James' Park: Marcelo almost caps off a superb performance with a goal. The Real Madrid wing-back dribbled into the left side of the box then chipped the ball a foot or so over the far post. Brazil continue their dominance as we enter the final five minutes of the match.
The tempo of the match has winded right down. The Brazilians playing at a leisurely pace and injecting a bit of pace in the final third. New Zealand don't want to concede a 4th to ten men.
New Chelsea signing Oscar comes on in place of Damiao, who had a storming game. New Zealand on the ball a bit more here as the games enters the final 10 minutes.
RED CARD for Alex Sandro ! The Brazil midfielder is given a yellow card for diving inside the penalty area. He looks bemused, the referee isn't having any of it. What a needless sending off, remarkable.
Yellow CardAlex Sandro
The crowd goes wild as Damiao produces a moment of absolute brilliance. Facing the full back on the flank he flicks the ball from behind him over his head and past the defender and glides past him, all in one movement. Sublime from the Brazilian!
Lucas tries to bend one into the top right hand corner from the edge of the area. Decent effort from the 19-year-old goes just over.
Marcelo breaks down the right for Brazil and finds Lucas but the return pass from him to the left-back is over hit and the move breaks down.
Brazil's goalkeeper Gabriel makes his most significant contribution to the match so far, rising high to claim a lofted cross into his box in rather extravagant fashion. He has been a virtual spectator so far, can't blame him for wanting to get involved.
What a miss! Neymar, unmarked six yards out at the back post, blazes over his opportunity to send Brazil 4-0 up! The crowd gasp in disbelief and the Brazilian shakes his head with a smile. you can tell he's slightly embarrassed about that.
Neymar comes close to adding his name, deservedly so, to the scoreboard. His trademark trickery gets him into the box but the Sao Paulo man gets under his shot which sails over the bar.
Yellow CardIan Hogg
GOAL! It's 3-0 to Brazil, Sandro this time gets his name on the score sheet. Neymar's free-kick from the right flank goes beyond Damiao at the front post and past the entire All White's defence before arriving at the back post for Sandro to tap home.
Yellow CardTim Myers
Goal.com's Miles Chambers at St James' Park: New Zealand really needed to come out after half-time and press Brazil but the South Americans are being allowed just as much time on the ball as they were in the first half. It would be an astonishing turnaround for the Oceanic nation to get the three goals they need to qualify for the quarter-finals with 40 minutes remaining.
Played stopped as Blackburn defender Hogg leaves the field after taking a blow to the face. The game resumes as the 19-year-old receives attention on the sidelines.
Brazil kick-off and the second half is underway!
45' + 2'
HALF TIME! Brazil go in at half-time 2-0 up against New Zealand at St James' Park. The Kiwis face almost certain elimination from the tournament unless the find 3 goals in the second half. The Selecao have been a class above their opposition so far.
45' + 1'
Only a minute of time to be added on at the end of the first-half. New Zealand will be pleased.
Not sure how this might of happened but Rojas and Alex Sandro have somehow managed to get their boot laces tangled up. They eventually separate themselves from one another and play resumes.
Neymar receives the ball on the right and runs at the defenders who back off him all the way into the penalty area but manage to block his effort.
There is a buzz of anticipation every time Neymar receives the ball. He along with his team-mates are really enjoying themselves here and putting on a real show for the St James' Park crowd.
Couple of crosses into the Brazil area as New Zealand finally get players into the oppositions half. Nothing troubling for Gabriel though, who has had an easy afternoon thus far in place of number one keeper Neto.
It's chance after chance for the Brazilians. Neymar and Lucas combine brilliantly with a dummy and a through pass but Nelsen reads the play and intervenes to deny Selecao yet another breathtaking goal.
Good chance for Marcelo to make it three, but O'Keefe makes a fine save from a tight angle to put it past his near post. The resulting corner is well caught by the New Zealand stopper.
GOAL! Stunning football from the Brazilians rounded off with another simple finish. Marcelo with an exquisite piece of skill finds Alex Sandro who rolls the ball into the path of Damiao to finish. 2-0 to the South Americans with over an hour still to play.
Manchester United target Lucas goes down in the penalty area after a dazzling dribble from the right-hand side but it was just a slip from the Brazilian who doesn't claim anything.
GOAL! Brazil lead! It was only a matter of time wasn't it? Danilo breaks the deadlock with a calm and collected finish after a superb one-two with Damiao. A delightful goal which brings a big grin to Menesez's face.
Better from New Zealand. A couple of neat passes and a few tough tackles in the middle of the park gets the crowd on their side. Spurred on by the support, Rojas throws a step over to beat his man on the left flank but fires his side's first shot straight at the keeper.
Mano Menesez's men are in complete control here. New Zealand are working their socks off but are not seeing any of the ball. The Selecao are camped deep into the oppositions half.
A goal is coming. Marcelo weaves his way down the right flank and cuts back a brilliant pass to find the unmarked Neymar. The Sao Paulo man launches in an attempt at a overhead kick which bounces just wide of the post! Closest either side have come so far.
Neymar wins another free-kick in the same spot moments later. New Zealand dressed in white playing more like the All Blacks early on here. Damiao tries his luck from the free-kick but fires it straight into the wall.
Brazil are strutting their stuff already in this match with Neymar and Lucas Moura at the heart of the action. Neymar wins a free-kick 40 yards from goal but New Zealand clear their lines.
Brazil have the ball in the back of net... but it's ruled out! Relief for the Kiwis as Neymar rolls the ball into the net but was judged to be in an offside position when he received the ball.
New Zealand get us underway!
The New Zealand coach, on the other hand, has named the same side that started both the Egypt draw and the prior Belarus defeat. The team are currently bottom of Group C but a win over Brazil could put them through to the knockout stage of London 2012 depending on the result between Belarus and Egypt. A draw or a loss will see them definitely out of the Olympics. I sat in this very spot and doubted Honduras could bag all three points to beat Spain so I’m going to keep an open mind ahead of this clash. However, it would be a shock if the All Whites won although Brazil could take their eye off the ball with their qualification already secured.
From Goal.com's Miles Chambers in Newcastle: With Brazil already through to the quarter-finals of the 2012 Olympics, Selecao coach Mano Menezes chooses to rest goalkeeper Neto, midfielder Romulo, new Chelsea signing Oscar, Porto forward Hulk and AC Milan man Alexandre Pato. In those players’ places? Second-choice shot-stopper Gabriel, Porto duo Danilo and Alex Sandro (who are defenders but look set to be playing left and right midfielder respectively this afternoon), Manchester United target Lucas Moura and Brazil number 9 Damiao. Sure, star players may be sidelined, but you can hardly call that a second-rate starting line-up!
New Zealand: O’Keeffe; Payne, Smith, Nelsen, Hogg; Barbarouses, Thomas, McGlinchey, Rojas; Wood, Smeltz. Substitutes: Gleeson, Myers, Fenerdis, Musa, Howieson, Lucas, McGeorge
Brazil: Gabriel; Rafael, Thiago Silva, Juan, Marcelo; Alex Sandro, Sandro, Lucas Moura, Danilo; Neymar, Damiao. Substitutes: Bruno Uvini, Alexandre Pato, Neto, Romulo, Oscar, Hulk
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's Live Commentary of Brazil v New Zealand in the final round of matches in Group C at the Olympic Games. I'm Husmukh Kerai and I'll be bringing you all the action from The Sports Direct Arena as it happens.
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