In a world Cup warm-up match between France and Brazil in Paris on Saturday (1 April) the home team, hit by injuries which deprived them of six of their regular players, scored an unexpected 1-0 victory.
GV: Brazil kicking off and movement ends with No 9 attempting goal but missing.
GV: Brazil attacking in mid field. Player brought down outside penalty area.
GV: Brazilian bench watches as No 8 (Zico) takes free kick after foul, but goalie saves.
GV: Brazilian No 8 (Zico) inside penalty area and dribbles past goalie but shot blocked by French No 5 (Lopez)
GV: Brazilian player chips ball into penalty area and defender heads out. Brazil's Direen (No 11) takes possession, passes to Reinaldo, Goalie saves. Another Brazilian player shoots again, but shots goes wide.
GV: crowd with half-time scoreboard 0-0.
GV: France attacking (2 shots)
GV: Amisse (No 11) for France beats goalie but ball kicked clear.
GV: Brazil attacking. French goalie pushes ball clear.
GV: crowd watches France build up attack and score by French No 10 Platini Players congratulate. (4 shots)
GV: cheering crowds. scoreboard showing France 1-0.
GV: Referee blows whistle for end of game. Players congratulate.
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Background: In a world Cup warm-up match between France and Brazil in Paris on Saturday (1 April) the home team, hit by injuries which deprived them of six of their regular players, scored an unexpected 1-0 victory.
SYNOPSIS: The Brazilians, beginning a six-match European warm-up tour, carved out a dozen clear-cut chances in the first half but failed to capitalize on them. Carelessness and the brilliant goalkeeping of France's Jean-Paul Bertran-Demanes stopped them from breaking through.
Although the Brazilians dominated the attack in the first half play swung from end to end. As early as the fourth minute, a foul outside the penalty area gave Brazilian striker, Artur Zico a chance, but it was easily saved by Bertrand-Demanes.
Almost immediately Zico had another chance, but this time Christian Lopez was waiting.
This pattern of Brazilian attack and French counter-attack continued throughout the first half. The French side looked in trouble time and again. But Brazil lacked the precision to move ahead.
In the second half it was a different picture. Now it was France who found form.
Amisse promised an early goal for France, but although he got past Emerson Leao, the Brazilian goalie, his defender kicked it clear.
The sudden French attack rallied the visitors, but their unusual lack of precision cost them the match.
Just when the match looked as if it was heading for a goalless draw, Michel Platini seized on the ball running loose in the penalty area and thrashed it home to give the French a welcome victory, to the delight of the 46,000 fans packing the stadium.
Later, the Brazilians, who have won three World Cups since 1958, admitted they still have a lot of work to do before this year's competition.