Playing on a hard and dry pitch, Morocco was no match last Saturday (18 April) for the touring "Hopes of San Paolo" soccer team from Brazil - the visitors won 3 - 1.
Playing on a hard and dry pitch, Morocco was no match last Saturday (18 April) for the touring "Hopes of San Paolo" soccer team from Brazil - the visitors won 3 - 1. The conditions were ideal for the Brazilians and disciplined teamwork dominated the midfield for long period of this "friendly".
SYNOPSIS: Morocco kick off from left to right, playing in the horizontal striped shirts. They're playing against "The Hopes of San Paolo", a team from Brazil. The match played last Sunday in Rabat, followed the pattern many predicted in the press beforehand. The Brazilian team lost little time in taking command of midfield, and from the kickoff put on the pressure. Pause 10 Seconds. Midfield mastery and sudden attack from the wings or down the centre has already won Brazil two World Championships, and these young players look as if they'll continue the pattern.
But the Moroccan team, playing in front of their home crowd, lacked nothing. Here they take a corner. And they keep up the pressure in front of goal.
Half-time it's still 0-0. Morocco, after changing their shirts in the break, come straight out and score. It's 1-0.
Brazil responded quickly and made it equal.
And shortly afterwards, the Brazilian team go ahead, 2-1
Morocco, after seizing the initiative, found themselves trailing by the odd goal. It looked as if the game would go either way. But it was the midfield that decided the game, and "The Hopes of San Paolo" were in charge there.
Tension built up as both sides fought for a goal, Brazil to win, Morocco to fight back. But Brazil did it. The final score ..3-1.