Czech Republic holds Brazil to 1-1 draw

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Brazil and the Czech Republic played out a fast-paced 1-1 draw yesterday at the World Youth Championship in Dubai.

Updated: February 25, 2007 09:48 IST
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Brazil and the Czech Republic played out a fast-paced 1-1 draw yesterday following stunning first-half goals from Brazil captain Adailton and David Limbersky at the World Youth Championship. Brazil controlled play, especially in the first half hour of the Group C match. If not for the strong defence led by Petr Sima and goalkeeper Tomas Gringar, Brazil would have been the first to score before the pro-Brazilian crowd of 12,500 at Rashid Stadium. But against the flow of play, the Czechs silenced the fans' chants and drumbeats when pacy winger Limbersky rocketed the ball into the back of the net with a perfectly timed bicycle kick from close range in the 34th minute. The stunned Brazilians lifted their already high work rate, led by the speed of attacking midfielders Daniel and Daniel Carvalho - who scored in Brazil's 2-0 win over Canada on Friday - and outstanding striker Kleber. Just three minutes later, Adailton equalised from inside the box after connecting with a Carvalho corner kick. Brazil also started well in the second half, with its players fiercely challenging every ball, driving forward with speed and attacking with flair. Much of the play was concentrated in and around the Czech goal, but the European's stoic defence was not overawed by the Brazilian onslaught, constantly diving, tackling and clearing the Brazilian attacking forays. "We have only two points and if we want to qualify, we have to get a minimum of four points," Czech Republic coach Pavel Vrba said. "We have to win (on Thursday in Dubai against Canada)." Brazil coach Marcos Paqueta praised his players for "doing their job," especially considering that the game was only their fourth together. "Game by game we have observed that all of the team has improved," he said. "The team will (continue to) improve and the goals will come." Brazil next faces Australia on Thursday. The Aussies beat Canada 2-1 earlier yesterday and are tied with Brazil at the top of the group with four points each. The Czechs take on Canada the same day. (AP)

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