Brazil take the honours
FIFAworldcup[img]'s review of a trying day for the South American quartet begins with the one success story, Brazil. They may not have been at their very best on a freezing evening in Moscow - where the temperature reached -18Â°C - yet some sparkling moments in attack and a fortunate rebound off Ronaldo earned them a narrow victory over Russia.
"It was a vital game for trying a few things out before the World Cup, and I'm satisfied with the way things went," said a visibly content Carlos Alberto Parreira. The Brazil coach had every right to be pleased. Despite making no fewer than six substitutions after his side had taken a first-half lead, Parreira witnessed a consistent performance over the 90 minutes.
This latest victory stretches the world champions' unbeaten run to eight games, their last reverse having come against Mexico in the FIFA Confederations Cup in June last year. "Although everyone says we're the favourites, we still haven't won the World Cup," warned the coach. The way his side is playing, however, he will have a hard job convincing his compatriots to be more cautious.