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Brazil edge Bosnia 2-1 in International Friendly

03-01-2012 09:59 BJT

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Brazil met Bosnia-Herzegovina in Switzerland on Tuesday night. Brazil’s younger players had a chance to take a starring role, alongside veteran Ronaldinho. But the five-time world champions found themselves still struggling to find an ideal lineup for the 2014 World Cup, which will be played on their home turf.

The Brazilians came into the match as winners of their last five games. They had plenty of possession time, but rarely threatened - Ronaldinho was off the pace in midfield.

Hernanes, left, of Brazil fights against Haris Medunjanin of Bosnia during the
friendly soccer match between Brazil and Bosnia at the AFG Arena in St. Gallen,
Switzerland, Thursday Feb. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Keystone/Ennio Leanza)

But the South Americans managed to take an early lead anyway. Dani Alves threaded a pass to Marcelo and the Real Madrid player beat the Bosnia-Herzegovina keeper. Brazil led 1-0 after four minutes.

But the underdogs came back only nine minutes later. Brazil’s defensive mistake let Vedad Ibisevic get a shot past Julio Cesar to make it 1-all. Lazio midfielder Hernanese tried to punch-in a close-range goal, but a defender cleared it away. He almost put Brazil ahead again.

Young star Neymar squandered Brazil’s best chance in the second half. His shot curled staraight to the ’keeper. The score stood deadlocked in stoppage time, then Brazil’s Hulk crossed and Sasa Papac turned the ball into his own goal. That proved to be the difference as Brazil held on to win 2-1.

Brazil's defender Thiago Silva (R) vies for the ball with Bosnia's midfielder Haris
Medunjanin during a friendly football match between Bosnia-Herzegovina and Brazil in
St-Gallen. Brazil, thanks to a last gasp own goal, beat gallant Bosnia 2-1 in an
international friendly here on Tuesday in the five time world champions' first run
out of the year. (AFP Photo/Fabrice Coffrini)

Brazil's Neymar (R) challenges Bosnia's Emir Spahic during their friendly soccer
match in St. Gallen February 28, 2012. REUTERS/Miro Kuzmanovic (SWITZERLAND - Tags:

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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