WC qualifiers: Brazil routs Ecuador

Updated: 22 October 2007 17:26 IST

AC Milan's Kaka scored a pair of goals to lead Brazil to a 5-0 rout of Ecuador in the qualifying Wednesday for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

WC qualifiers: Brazil routs Ecuador

Rio De Janeiro:

AC Milan's Kaka scored a pair of goals to lead Brazil to a 5-0 rout of Ecuador in the qualifying Wednesday for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Ronaldinho, Vagner Love and Elano completed the scoring to leave Brazil unbeaten in qualifying, following a 0-0 tie in its opening game against Colombia last Sunday.

For winless Ecuador it was the second straight loss, coming after a 1-0 defeat in its home opener against Venezuela last week.

Brazil, a five-time World Cup champion, is the only country to have qualified for every Cup since the inaugural tournament in 1930.

Brazil dominated the early play on Wednesday, working the ball cautiously upfield and probing the Ecuadorean defense. Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar was a mere spectator, and didn't need to make a save for the first 35 minutes.

Real Madrid striker Robinho threatened early with a solo run, but Ecuador 'keeper Daniel Vitieri raced out to smother the ball at his feet. Robinho missed again minutes later, firing just wide of the post.

Brazil got on the board after 19 minutes, when winger Maicon danced up the right side and crossed from the baseline across the goal mouth. Striker Vagner Love moved in alone to tap the ball home for a 1-0 lead.

Brazil moved up its defense and pinned Ecuador in its own end, while the Brazilian attack advanced in waves. Robinho sent in Kaka for a cross across the goal mouth, but Vagner Love arrived late for the conclusion.



Topics : Football AC Milan
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