Rampant Brazil Smash Uruguay

It was all too easy for the Selecao in Montevideo...

Brazil managed their first ever competitive win away to Uruguay in stunning fashion as they racked up an amazing 4-0 win over the stricken hosts.

An error from Sebastian Viera helped Daniel Alves open the scoring early on before Juan doubled the advantage just before the break.

Luis Fabiano added a third in the second period before getting sent off, and Kaka rounded the game off by earning and converting a penalty near the end.

Uruguay started brightly, attempting to defend that excellent home record, but Brazil's danger on the counter began to shine through.

That said, when they took the lead it was partly down to fortune. Daniel Alves shot from 30 yards out, and home 'keeper Sebastian Viera saw the ball bounce and slip through his hands in what is surely one for the blooper reel.

The hosts, undeterred, threatened again through Barrios and Luis Suarez, but some fine goalkeeping from Julio Cesar, as well as deep defending from the hosts, kept the score at 0-1.

Then came the sucker punch, Elano crossing in for Roma centre-back Juan to place his header into the back of the net for 2-0.

Uruguay, gutted by their failure to convert when faced with goal, began to lose their shape and discipline, and Luis Fabiano made them pay as he converted a brilliant Elano counter-attack with an absolute bullet past Viera at the near post seven minutes after the break.

He could have made it four, but instead picked up a second booking for diving just after theh our mark, amidst much protest - it seemed as though he could have evaded the diving form of Viera, although perhaps a glove made contact.

But that did not put off Brazil, who promptly made it 4-0 as Diego Godin clumsily felled Kaka in the box, the midfielder stepping up himself to slot it away.

Uruguay kept on plugging away, Julio Cesar still looking the part, but the game ended amidst ugly scenes as Maxi Pereira saw red for a horrible challenge on Ramires, and thus it ended.

Ewan Macdonald, Goal.com

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