Brazil Cruise Past Peru In Style

The five-time world champions proved too strong for Peru with a comfortable 3-0 victory at the Beira-Rio stadium in Porto Alegre...
Brazil 3-0 Peru

After their frustrating draw with Ecuador on Sunday, Brazil knew that not only did they have to beat Peru but they had to do this in a convincing manner.

Although they weren't at their very best they completely dominated their weak opponents, and could have won the match by a much greater difference.

Brazil picked up a valuable victory with two first half goals from Luis Fabiano and another from Felipe Melo after the break.

Dunga's side started brightly, and Luis Fabiano found the back of the net within the first few minutes, but his effort was disallowed for an offside infringement.

But Brazil continued to pile heavy pressure on the Peruvian goal, and in the 16th minute they were awarded a penalty when Kaka was impeded in the area. Luis Fabiano stepped up to the spot and fired Brazil ahead.

To the relief of Dunga, in particular, the strike ended Brazil's 313-minute wait to score a goal in the qualifiers when playing on home turf.

The Selecao began to find their rhythm as the half progressed, and the likes of Kaka, Robinho, and Daniel Alves looked particularly dangerous.

In the 27th minute Alves caught out Luis Fabiano in the area with a perfect chip and the Sevilla striker poked the ball into the back of the net to put Brazil two goals to the good.

After the break the Brazilians slowed down the tempo of the match, and they seemed happy to play the ball around in the midfield.

Peru tried their best to contain them, but without any luck, as the Brazilians caused havoc in their area each time they moved forward.

Their wing players looked particularly menacing and tried to catch the Peruvians by surprise at every opportunity.

Brazil had the match completely controlled, and they played inside the Peru half, looking for another opening.

In the 64th minute Felipe Melo bursted past two defenders with a great deal of power, before entering the area and beating Leao Butron with a sublime chip.

In the 70th minute Dunga listened to the wishes of the crowd, and replaced Robinho with AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato. The former Internacional star returned to the Beira-Rio stadium for the first time since leaving the club.

Towards the end of the game Brazil created a number of opportunities to extend their advantage, but they couldn't manage to do so.

Ronaldinho, who entered the field in the 77th minute, came closest with a free-kick that was well saved by Butron.

With the victory Brazil climbed into second place of the South American World Cup qualifying group, three points behind group leaders Paraguay.

Team Line-ups

Brazil 3:
Julio Cesar, Kleber, Luizao (Miranda 12'), Daniel Alves, Lucio, Gilberto Silva, Kaka, Felipe Melo, Elano (Ronaldinho 77'), Luis Fabiano and Robinho (Pato 70').

Peru 0: Leao Butron, Walter Vilchez, Amilton Prado, Alberto Rodriguez, Carlos Zambrano, Juan La Rosa, Carlos Fernandez, Reiner Torres, Pedro Garcia (Alexander Sanchez 62'), Piero Alva and Johan Fano.

Goals: Luis Fabiano (16' and 27'), Felipe Melo (64')

Referee: Sergio Pezzota (Argentina)

Venue: Beira-Rio stadium, Porto Alegre. Att: 50,000

Gregory Sica,