The game started well with both sides attacking well. Baptista the main threat and Robinho in and out of the game. Deigo showed some flashes of brilliance and there was an air of confidence from the Brazil team. The Sweden team however, were always in the game and broke well with ex Gunners Seb Larrson and Freddie Ljungberg instrumental in their attacks. Kallstrom played well in the middle but Elmander and Rosenberg didn't have enough to trouble the Brazil defence.
The game was played at high tempo and the fans were really enjoying it. The Emirates has really become a home for Brazil and it felt like 90% of the stadium were there to support the boys in blue.
A host of substitutions saw many changes, but noticeably saw 18 year old AC Milan striker Pato. It was Pato who rejuvenated the game with his quick runs, skills and vision. And it was fitting that he scored the only goal of the game. A bad ball from Anderson saw the ex-Gunner keeper Rami Shaaban come out for a clearance, but he cleared only to Pato, who, from about 25 yards out with his back to goal, turned and shot into the empty goal. A good goal, a clever goal and when you consider that Pato didn't even look up to see where the goal was, you see the quality this youngster has.
The day out was brilliant, a Samba atmosphere at the Emirates and some good football too.
Back to Arsenal tomorrow and a look at Gallas’ recent comments, an overview of who’s survived injury week and a few excerpts from Arsene… til then!]]>