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October 11, 2012
• Swedbank Stadion, Malmö
Referee: M. Hansson
• Attendance: 14147
Oscar 22', 27'
Thank you very much for joining us here at Goal.com for our LIVE coverage of tonight's game. My name is Tom Webber and, as always, it has been a pleasure to guide you through tonight's action. Take care.
It is all over in Malmo and Brazil have romped to an impressive 6-0 win over Iraq. Oscar put the Selecao two up in the first half and Kaka, Hulk, Neymar and Lucas added the gloss after the break in a dominant performance.
90' + 3'
The final whistle goes!
90' + 1'
First save for Diego Alves! Ahmed pounces on an error from Marcelo and rifles a shot at the Brazilian goal. He fails to pick out a corner though and it goes straight at the keeper who manages to gather at the second attempt.
A couple of idiots from the stands manage to invade the pitch but they are quickly caught by the stewards. Three minutes of added time have been signalled.
Fernando, a 20-year-old midfielder from Gremio, comes on to make his international debut. He was a key part of the Brazil Under-20 side that won the World Cup last year. Oscar, of course, was another member of that side and how would he love to emulate his meteoric rise?
It is great to see the young Brazilian players recovering from the Olympic heart ache with such a positive display. Oscar and Neymar have been brilliant while Lucas has offered a lively cameo. The Iraq players look desperate for this game to end.
Brazil are still looking for a seventh here and Iraq are getting every man back in their own half to try and stop them. The Selecao do look extremely dangerous, but it has to be said that they are once again up against inferior opposition. It will not always be this easy.
Well what a performance this has been. Brazil have dominated from start to finish with all their star players putting in a great performance. Paris Saint-Germain fans will no doubt also be delighted to have caught a glimpse of Lucas doing what he does best too!
GOOOOAAALLL!! Lucas makes it six! The Sao Paulo man picks the ball up on the left and plays a give-and-go with Neymar. Running across the top of the box he does brilliantly to wrap his foot around the ball and drill a powerful effort past the rooted Sabri.
This is the first time that Iraq have ever faced Brazil and they will be in no hurry to do so again!
THERE IT IS!! NEYMAR GETS ONE!! Stunning effort from the 20-year-old. He plucks a long pass down and cuts onto his right foot. He bends a shot towards the far side from the corner of the box and he manages to find it. A spectacular effort from the Santos man that gave the keeper no chance.
Neymar stands his defender up on the right and tries to thread a pass into Hulk. The Zenit man is beaten to the ball by the Iraq defender and it goes behind for a corner. It is his last action as Thiago Neves comes on in his place.
The tempo of the game has really dropped off in the last few moments. Brazil are being a lot more patient as the game is already won. No doubt the fans will still want to see some more goals.
It looks like Lucas Moura is about to enter the fray for Brazil. He has been in scintilating form for Sao Paulo since his move to Paris Saint-Germain was announced. His pace could well exploit some tired legs in the closing stages.
Another chance for Neymar goes begging! Oscar is once again the source as he swings a centre in from wide on the right and the Santos man peels off his defender to find space. The ball bounces up awkwardly and he can only chest the ball at goal and so Sabri can gather easily.
Brazil have slowed the play now as they attempt to build a more patient attack. Adriano pushes on down the right and once again he cuts inside but his shot, searching for the far corner, is high and wild and nowhere near Sabri's goal.
Iraq have made a number of substitutions here as they look to stem the extremely potent Brazil attack. They will need to get up to pace quickly or risk being over run.
Ahmad Ibrahim Khalaf
Mostafa Karim Abdullah
Alaa Abdul Zahra
SHAKY MOMENTS FOR BRAZIL!! Mahmoud manages to find space in the area and dribbles in from the right to shoot. His effort is heading on target but Thiago Silva blocks it. Yasin has an effort moments later that crashes into the side netting.
That had been coming! There was only so long Sabri could continue to keep the Brazilian onslaught at bay. Hulk manages to keep up his impressive form for the national team despite coming in for criticism for his 'sideways' transfer to Zenit.
GOOOOAAALL!! Hulk scores Brazil's fourth! Iraq are powerless to resist the Samba Boys here as the Zenit striker dribbles past Shakir in the area without a hint of a challenge. He cuts back onto his left and curls an excellent attempt which nestles in at the far post.
HOW IS IT STILL JUST 3-0!! Sabri yet again comes up with another top save! Neymar has ages to pick his spot but shoots straight at the keeper from 10 yards out. He chases the rebound but fails to hit the target. Great keeping.
SABRI KEEPS IT OUT!! Oscar once more denied from getting his hat-trick as Kaka feeds slides him in from the top of the box. He tries to roll it past the keeper but again he gets his body behind it and manages to get it away.
SUPER SAVE!! David Luiz charges up from the back with a brilliant dribble. He knocks the ball past the final defender and runs around the other side. There he picks it up and pokes a low shot towards the bottom corner. Sabri gets down and sticks out a hand to parry it aside once more.
GOOOOAAALLL!! The perfect return for Kaka!! After two years out of the Brazil squad, Kaka has made a scoring return. He picked up the ball on the left and had nothing but grass ahead of him. He moved the ball past Ibrahim like he was not there and finally beat the keeper at his near post.
ALMOST A THIRD FOR BRAZIL!! Adriano sends a cross in from the left and Oscar, in acres of space, rises to meet it. He does everything right, heading it low and into the corner but somehow Sabri gets something on it and turns it behind.
We are back underway in Malmo! No changes for either team at half time.
Welcome back! Thank you all for your comments - there is certainly a lot of love for Kaka out there with @Vichu_Rex @Nick_wi1 and @Kelvinic all commending the Real Madrid man's influence. However, @GodwinEkpu is more interested in Oscar, declaring him "the best playmaker in world football". What do you make of that?
Send me your thoughts and comments on the game via Twitter, @thwebber. Do you think Kaka's return has been a success so far? Is Neymar living up to all the hype? I want to hear your thoughts during half time and I'll post the best just before the second half. Re-join me in 10 minutes!
It is half time and Brazil lead Iraq 2-0 courtesy of a double from Oscar. The Selecao have been dominant as Zico's men have failed to get even a single shot on goal. It could have been even more for Menezes' men but for some good stops from Sabri. More of the same in the second half?
45' + 1'
OFF THE BAR!! Brazil almost grab a third just before the break as Adriano's cross from the right is met by the head of Paulinho. It rattles against the frame of the goal and drops down in front of the goal-line.
Brazil are just sitting on the ball and winding down the clock now. Just one additional minute of added time to played.
Kaka is denied yet again! The keeper makes it a hat-trick of saves from the Real Madrid man as he beats away the shot from the returning 30-year-old. It was at a decent height for Sabri though, who has been extremely busy so far.
Yellow CardAli Rehema
A total of 62 places separate these two sides in the Fifa rankings, and that is certainly showing tonight. Iraq have been unable to forge a decent chance, though they have strung a couple of decent moves together in the final third.
So close for Kaka! Sabri's clearance is awful and is sent straight to the attacking-midfielder. He instantly drives forward, wriggling past the defenders before breaking into the area. His final touch is a bit too heavy and his dink over the keeper lacks elevation and is deflected away from goal off Sabri's chest.
TOP SAVE!! One of the most understated aspects of Neymar's game is his dead-ball delivery, and he whips in a super cross from the right. It swings out to David Luiz and his header looks set for the top corner. Sabri has other ideas though, leaping to his left and clawing the effort away.
Excellent interplay between the Clasico rivals Adriano and Kaka down the left. The latter receives the ball close to the corner but gets a shove in the back from Abbas and a free kick is awarded.
Ramires has been very quiet so far. There is very little for him to do defensively and he must share the responsibility of joining the attack with the equally adventurous Paulinho. You sense he would be better served alongside someone like Sandro, as would the Corinthians midfielder.
The Chelsea centre-back tries to make a more positive impact as he angles a long ball up to Hulk. He has the beating of Abbas but the ball has too much weight on it and runs out of play for a goal kick.
David Luiz is up and it looks like he should be able to continue. Certainly looked like a painful one but he will shake that off. Brazil are not worried as they simply keep the ball until the defender is allowed to return to the pitch.
That could have gone so wrong! David Luiz and Diego Alves both go for the same ball and the centre-back seems to have taken a fist to the chin from his keeper. Yasin is unable to capitalise for Iraq and as the momentum goes the referee stops play so Luiz can receive treatment.
If Brazil can get a decent lead before half time then Mano Menezes could hand debuts to Gremio's 20-year-old midfielder Fernando and Roma centre-back Leandro Castan.
Great save from Sabri! Hulk shuffles past Shakir with ease and rifles a low effort at the keeper's near post. He sticks a leg out and manages to divert the ball behind for a corner. Sensational stuff from Brazil here.
GOOOOAAALL!! Oscar gets his second! It is another wonderful, flowing move as Brazil move from back to front following a brief Iraq attack. Neymar feeds Kaka who drives to the byeline and cuts the ball back for Oscar to tap home the simplest of finishes.
Absolutely superb challenge! Neymar thinks he is through on goal but seems to take an age to get the ball out of his feet in the area. It allows the Iraq defender to gain some ground and he hooks a leg around the 20-year-old and pushes the ball away.
ALMOST TWO FOR BRAZIL!! A long diagonal ball from Thiago Silva is headed straight at the feet of Paulinho by Samal. The Corinthians man takes a touch and looks to arrow a low shot in at the far corner but he narrowly misses, shading the outside of the post.
GOOOOOAAAAALLL!!! OSCAR!! Beautiful move from Brazil! Neymar runs at the defenders from deep on the left side and brings it in field. He spots Oscar running into a huge gap in the defence and slides a great pass into him and the Chelsea man slots it low past Sabri.
Abbas is struggling to keep up with Hulk when he comes wide onto the right. He passes the full-back with ease, shifting the ball onto his left foot and cutting inside. However, he fails to produce one of his trademark thunderous shots and scoops the ball high into the crowd.
Both sides have complained about the ball already! This time it is Zico's side as Akram kicks a ball off the field, claiming it is not up to scratch. I do not think a new ball is going to change the flow of this game though. Brazil are firmly on top.
So close! Abbas dives in but fails to win the ball, freeing Hulk on the right. He passes to Oscar and the Chelsea man curls a cross towards the back post for Neymar. The Santos icon attempts to get on the end of it but he is just a little too late to make a connection.
Iraq are coming up against a Brazil side who are in good form here. The Canarinho have won their last four fixtures, netting a total of 14 goals whilst conceding just one. That includes an 8-0 win over China last month.
Good play from Brazil! Oscar has been floating across the forward line so far and this time he pops up on the right. He slips the ball into Kaka but with his back to goal, the Real Madrid man lays it back to Adriano. He tries to bend a left-footed effort low into the corner past Sabri but the keeper gets down to it and holds it.
Sabri just about gets enough on a corner to slap it free of the area but it falls to Adriano. The right-back's cross is deflected behind off an Iraq shirt but as Hulk sends it in it is Marcelo who it finds and he blazes well over the bar.
It has been a bright start from Kaka, despite only making three appearances for his club so far this season. He dribbles forwards down the left flank and holds off two challenges to win his side a corner.
GREAT SAVE!! From the resultant corner Paulinho headed straight over the bar, but immediately Brazil come back with another attack. A cross from the left finds Kaka charging forward from deep and he gets his head to it. It looks like it could be a dream return for the Real Madrid man but Sabri parries it aside.
Corner for Brazil after Shakir does well to block Neymar from coming in from the left following Oscar's pass. Iraq will need to watch the youngster closely or he could well wreak havoc on their defence.
As expected Brazil have quickly assumed control of the ball but whenever Iraq are getting on it a huge roar erupts in a segment of the stadium. Nevertheless, the Selecao look comfortable in the early stages.
Oscar sends a long ball over the top, trying to play Neymar in behind the defence but Noor Sabri comes out to collect it. Just a bit too much on that ball from the Chelsea youngster.
We are under way in Malmo! Brazil, shooting from left to right, are in their alternate kit.
Just a few moments left until kick off now. This should be a very entertaining fixture with both sides having something to prove.
The teams are out for the national anthems and there is impressive support for both sides. This evening will also bring about the first time that Kaka and Neymar have ever played a match together. Kick off is just a few moments away.
However, all eyes will be on Kaka tonight. Can he put in a stellar performance and put himself in the frame for the Confederations Cup, possibly even the 2014 World Cup? Let me know your thoughts on Twitter @thwebber.
Iraq are of course coached by an individual close to many Brazilian hearts - Zico. The former Flamengo midfielder is one of the nation's favoured sons and his tenure in the Middle East was a key motivator behind this fixture.
Iraq (4-4-2): Sabri; Rehema, Saeed, Shakir, Abbas; Ibrahim, Khalid, Ahmad, Akram; Yasin, Mahmoud.
Here is how Mano Menezes has set his team out for this evening. Brazil (4-4-2): Diego Alves; Adriano, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Marcelo; Paulinho, Ramires, Oscar, Kaka; Hulk, Neymar.
Tonight's game will take place in Malmo, Sweden. It is a nation in which Brazil secured a comprehensive victory as recently August 2012. A late Alexandre Pato double added to a Leandro Damiao header in a 3-0 win over Sweden.
Ladies and gentlemen, Kaka is back! After a two-year absence from the Brazil team the Real Madrid man returns to the fold and will start alongside Oscar in attacking-midfield. His last appearance for the Selecao came in the 2-1 defeat to Netherlands at World Cup 2010.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE text commentary on today's international friendly between Brazil and Iraq. My name is Tom Webber and I will be guiding you through the action tonight, and there is some pretty big news in the South American camp.
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