Brazil's soccer squad, demonstrating the skills that make them co-favourites in the World Cup, scored a convincing victory in their first work-out in Mexico on Wednesday.
Brazil's soccer squad, demonstrating the skills that make them co-favourites in the World Cup, scored a convincing victory in their first work-out in Mexico on Wednesday. Three splendid first-half goals were enough to beat Mexican First Division champions. Guadalajara.
The Brazilians, who have been in full training since their arrival in Mexico four days earlier, were making their first appearance in Guadalajara's Jalisco Stadium -- the ground they share in World Cup qualifying games with the holders. England, together with Rumanian and Czechoslovakia.
Brazil dominated the first half of the match, with goal-ac? and winger Rivelino tormenting the home defence. Centre-forward Tostao, returning to the Brazilian side after a critical eye injury, also showed good form.
Brazil seemed to be cruising to an easy victory when Guadalajara very nearly scored from a free kick. The Brazilians swept into the attack and won a free kick of their own. Rivelino slammed the ball into the far corner of the Mexicans' net.
Within a matter of seconds -- in the 32nd minute -- Brazil again broke imperiously through the Guadalajara defence. Antonio flicked a precision centra to Pele who scored at close range.
Tostao set up the third scoring movement in the 44th minute and Clodalla cracked Brazil into a 3 - 0 half-time lead.
Though they failed to score again, Brazil continued to dominate after the interval an gave the 72,000 capacity crowd packed into the still unfinished Jalisco Stadium a preview of the artistry they can expect during the World Cup campaign.