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  • November 10, 2011
  • • 1:00 PM
  • • Stade Omnisport Président Omar Bongo Ondimba, Libreville
  • Referee: V. Hlungwani

Gabon 0-2 Brazil: Sandro and Hernanes lead Selecao to success in Libreville

Two goals in the first half were enough to hand Mano Menezes' men a comfortable win in Brazil's first-ever trip to the African nation, which was let down by defensive uncertainty

An efficient performance from a Brazil side missing several first-team players saw it ease past Gabon in a 2-0 win in the African nation's capital, overcoming difficult conditions with strikes from Sandro and Hernanes.

Kicking off 20 minutes late due to floodlight failure, the awful state of the pitch in Libreville's Stade Omar Bongo made fluid passing football almost impossible. Nevertheless, it was Brazil which took the initiative early in the game.

Jonas and Adriano both went close, before Sandro gave the Selecao the lead under bizarre circumstances. Remy Ekwa almost put the ball past his own keeper in a shambolic defense of Bruno Cesar's cross, and the Tottenham man reacted first to poke the ball past Didier Ovono after 12 minutes.

The South Americans then dominated proceedings for the majority of the first half, although there were a few positives from the hosts, mostly emanating from the promising Pierre Aubameyang, who gave the Brazil defense problems with his direct, skillful running.

Gabon offered little to threaten goalkeeper Diego Alves, however, and it was the visitors who added the second.

With 34 minutes played, Jonas released a stinging shot from the edge of the penalty area which was parried by Ovono but not cleared. Lazio's Hernanes was on hand to nod the rebound into the empty net, doubling the advantage and putting Brazil in a commanding position going into halftime.

The second period was only minutes old when Bruno Cesar almost scored an outrageous strike. The midfielder saw Ovono off his line and released a shot from his own half, only to see it float just wide of the post to the relief of the goalkeeper. Hulk then powered his way through the defense, but was denied with the goal at his mercy by Ekwa's last-ditch tackle.

Gabon was then galvanized by the entrance of national hero Daniel Cousin, and Aubayemang went close with a shot which whistled past Alves' left-hand post. Cesar then saw another chance somehow stay out, his vicious volley deflected away by Ovono before hitting the bar.

Despite plenty of goalmouth action though neither team could add to the scoreline, and Brazil moves on to Monday's meeting with Egypt in the latest series of friendlies for the 2014 World Cup hosts.

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