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28.03.2007 Football News

Brazil 1 Ghana 0

By charles nii ayiku
Brazil 1 Ghana 0

Final Result.Brazil 1 Ghana 0.

Vagner Love's first-half goal gave Brazil a 1-0 win over Ghana in a friendly match at the Rasunda stadium in Stockholm, Sweden.

The CSKA Moscow striker scored in the 17th minute, after a Ronaldinho corner was headed on by Kaka.

Ghana's Haminu Draman was sent-off with 11 minutes left after he was given a second yellow card for pulling down Daniel Alves outside the box.

The game between the teams was rematch of 2006's second-round World Cup game.

Ghana, aiming to avenge last year's 3-0 loss in Germany, started quickly and nearly led in the 14th minute when a header from Eric Addo forced a diving save from Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar.

Brazil then took over, creating several chances including one midway through the half where Ronaldinho intercepted the ball at midfield and initiated a counter-attack with Robinho, who shot high.

Ronaldinho showed flashes of his famous flair, floating a lob pass into the box to Vagner Love, who chipped it back across the middle to Kaka with one touch.

The AC Milan striker launched a volley from just outside the box, but the shot was off target.

Ghana played the last 11 minutes a man down after Haminu Draman was ejected with a second yellow card for pulling down Daniel Alves outside the box.

Brazil coach Dunga chose to play with four forwards for a second straight game, putting Ronaldinho, Robinho Kaka and Vagner Love in the starting line-up.

Ghana's captain Stephen Appiah and key midfield-man Michael Essien both missed the game through injury.

Line Up:
Ghana: Kingston; Paintsil, Mensah, Dickoh, Sarpei; L. Kingston(Kumodji), E. Addo(D. Boateng), Anthony Annan, Dramani(red card); Muntari; A. Gyan(replace by Tachie-mensah in the 10min)

Brazil: Julio Cesar, Ilsinho, Juan, Lucio; Kleber, Gilberto Silva, Mineiro, Kaka, Ronaldinho, Robinho, Vagner Love

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