Brazil beat Argentina 3-0 in friendly

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Elano scored a brace on Sunday, leading Brazil to a 3-0 victory over Argentina in a friendly before 59,032 at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:36 IST
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Elano scored first- and second-half goals on Sunday, leading Brazil to a 3-0 victory over Argentina in a friendly before 59,032 at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium. Elano, a little-known 25-year-old midfielder who plays for Ukrainian team Shakhtar Donetsk, scored in the third minute and again in the 67th for his first two international goals. Kaka added the third in the 89th with a run that started in his own half. But Elano's starring role illustrated the B-team nature of Brazil's team. Ronaldinho watched the game from the stands, sitting out with what Brazil coach Dunga called a minor back injury. He missed the Spanish league opener with FC Barcelona with a thigh injury. Of Brazil's 11 starters, only three started in Brazil's quarterfinal loss to France at the World Cup. Argentina, with Alfio Basile coaching his first game since replacing Jose Pekerman, started six players who were in the first 11 in the World Cup quarterfinal loss to Germany. "Honestly, we didn't expect this," Dunga said. "Of course we expected to perform well, but not like this." Brazil took a 1-0 lead when Elano, taking a pass from Robinho, beat Roberto Abbondanzieri from 10 meters. The shot came just seconds after Juan Roman Riquelme nearly scored with a 25-meter free kick. The second goal was similar, this time with Kaka providing the pass. The game was of special interest in England. Argentina striker Carlos Tevez and midfielder Javier Mascherano both signed late last week with Premier League team West Ham. But both looked rusty on Sunday. Argentina had its best first-half chance when Tevez headed a short-range ball into the hands of Brazil goalkeeper Gomes in the 32nd minute. Argentina should have equalised early in the second half when Pablo Zabaleta, from close range, sailed a shot across the open mouth of the goal. The game marked the international debut for 18-year-old Argentina midfielder Sergio Aguero, who came in as a second-half substitute. Brazil has now won six of the last 11 games with Argentina. The Argentines have four wins and one was a draw. In their last game, Brazil overwhelmed Argentina 4-1 in the title game of the 2005 Confederations Cup. In the World Cup, the teams have played four times. Brazil has won two, Argentina one with the other ending in a draw. Brazil plays again in London on Tuesday against Wales at White Hart Lane. (AP)

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