For the first time in Mano Menezesâ€™ era as coach, Brazil finally came good against one of the heavyweights of world football. They beat Argentina 2-0 in BelÃ©m last night with goals from youngsters Lucas and Neymar. After the two teams drew in Argentina a fortnight ago, this meant that Brazil lift the SuperclÃ¡ssico das AmÃ©ricas trophy. Of course this trophy means absolutely nothing in the greater scheme of things judging by reports (I didnâ€™t watch the game) Brazil played some good stuff.
Borges finally made his debut for Brazil at 30 years of age (turning 31 on 5 October). He is a bit of a journeyman having spent time with SÃ£o Paulo, GrÃªmio, ParanÃ¡ and Japanese team Vegalta Sendai but he has been in excellent form for Santos this year and fully deserves his chance. Another golden oldie in favour at the moment is Ronaldinho who again showed his class. How important will he be in Brazilâ€™s preparations for the 2014 World Cup I wonder? By the looks of things very important.
But it was Brazilâ€™s new generation of youngsters that stole the show last night. Lucas (SÃ£o Paulo FCâ€™s young winger not Lucas that player for Liverpool) got a rare start and didnâ€™t disappoint. He opened the scoring for Brazil early in the second half and Neymar scored Brazilâ€™s second. Debutant left back CortÃªs made a good run for Neymarâ€™s goal and definitely looks like he can play. Botafogo fans already know that but what a rise to stardom: at the start of the season he was playing for Nova IguaÃ§u (a team that arenâ€™t even in the top four divisions nationally in Brazil)!
A bit more happiness and style to Brazilâ€™s play is clearly back which is great. The screaming crowd in BelÃ©m surely helped things too. Brazil donâ€™t normally get such a good reception when they play in SÃ£o Paulo and Rio. Perhaps they should play all their games in BelÃ©m! So, did anybody see the game? Have any opinions about Brazil? What can we learn from this performance?
It looks like Bruno CortÃªs and Lucas deserve some more game time. Ronaldinho and Neymar reaffirmed their importance to this team. Anything else? What about Ralf, Danilo, RÃ´mulo and DedÃ©? Are they worth another shot?
Jefferson; Danilo, DedÃ©, RÃ©ver and CortÃªs (Kleber); Ralf, RÃ´mulo and Lucas (Diego Souza); Ronaldinho GaÃºcho, Neymar and Borges (Fred)