Brazil beat Ecuador 2-1

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:37 IST

Fred and Kaka scored to rally Brazil past 10-man Ecuador in a friendly on Tuesday, extending new coach Dunga's unbeaten streak to five matches.

Brazil beat Ecuador 2-1

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Fred and Kaka scored to rally Brazil past 10-man Ecuador in a friendly on Tuesday, extending new coach Dunga's unbeaten streak to five matches. Kaka's winner in the 75th minute culminated a relentless Brazilian attack. The AC Milan striker first hit the crossbar, and then Robinho's shot was saved in the next wave. But Ecuador was unable to clear the area and Kaka finally converted. Felix Borja gave Ecuador the lead in the 23rd minute, heading in a cross from Edison Mendez. Valencia sent off The Ecuadoreans were reduced to 10 men six minutes later when Antonio Valencia was sent off for a reckless challenge on Dudu Caerense. The man advantage allowed Brazil to intensify its pressure. Robinho, set up by Kaka, shot just wide in the 36th. Ecuador's own mistakes cost it the lead before halftime when center back Giovanni Espinoza, in his own penalty area, gave the ball away to Fred, who easily capitalized past goalkeeper Cristian Mora. "This match confirms to me that we are heading the right direction,'' said Dunga, who took over Brazil after the World Cup. "It is often much more difficult to play against 10 than 11.'' Several interruptions Two-time FIFA Player of the Year Ronaldinho entered the game in the second half and hit the bar and the post with curling free kicks from just outside the box. The match at a sold-out Rasunda stadium, where Brazil won the first of its five World Cups in 1958, was interrupted several times by spectators running onto the pitch. Ecuador coach Luis Suarez said Valencia's red card changed everything for his team. "We were doing pretty well when we were 11 players, but it is always very complicated to play Brazil and it is a lot more difficult when you are a man down.'' Lineups: Brazil: Gomez, Maicon (Daniel, 69), Lucio, Juan, Dudu Caerense (Ronaldinho, 45), Adriano, Elano (Mineiro, 90), Gilberto Silva, Fred (Rafael Sobis, 78), Kaka, Robinho. Ecuador: Cristian Mora, Ivan Hurtado, Ulises de la Cruz, Edison Mendez (Patricio Urrutia, 77), Felix Borja (Edmundo Zura, 63), Felipe Caicedo (Luis Saritama, 45), Paul Ambrossi, Segundo Castillo, Antonio Valencia, Giovanni Espinoza, Edvin Tenorio.(AP)

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