Brazil is becoming an adult

Posted by Paulo Vinicius Coelho

Italy under Cesare Prandelli has played 25 competitive matches, both Euro and World Cup qualifying, the Confederations Cup and Euro 2012 in Ukraine and Poland. Before losing to Brazil, Italy had only one loss, against Spain, 0-4, in Kiev.

It's important to understand what is happening with the Brazilian National Team. It's improving.

In March, Brazil opened with a 2-0 lead against Italy in a friendly in Geneve, only to permit Italy to draw 2-2. In Salvador, Brazil played really well and with great maturity.

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In the first half, they patiently circled the ball on both sides of the field against Italy and broke spaces behind the midfield.

Brazil moved, pressed and stole the ball four times in the first 10 minutes in the offensive part of the field. The fourth goal was born with Luiz Gustavo stealing the ball in one of these situations.

It is true that Brazil suffered a little more than it would seem necessary, after Luiz Felipe Scolari replaced Neymar for Bernard at the 68 minute mark. Remember it was a Brazil-Italy. But also remember that Brazil with Neymar and Oscar, 21 years old each, had good shape for avoiding problems, reacting after suffering a goal and winning 4-2.

It's not easy.

In the 10th match since Scolari's return, Brazil gave the first demonstration of maturity. It was the first signal that could see the team in one year playing in similar conditions against the biggest teams in the world.

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