Brazil claimed a 3-0 win over Iran in a friendly match in the United Arab
Emirates and continued their winning streak since their World Cup quarter-final
Goals by Dani Alves, Alexandre Pato and Nilmar gave Brazil their second win in
as many games under new boss Mano Menezes, who coached the five-time World Cup
winners to a 2-0 friendly triumph over the United States two months ago after he
In the first ever meeting between the sides Brazil showed no mercy with their
opponents right from the start as they recorded five shots on goal in the
opening 20 minutes, including a Robinho attempt which hit the left-hand post.
They took an early lead as Alves fired a free-kick into the top-left corner via
the upright in the 13th minute.
As soon as the second half started, Menezes decided to give reserves the
opportunity to play so Elias came in for debutant Philippe Coutinho, Giuliano
for Carlos Eduardo and Sandro replaced Ramires, while Robinho came off for
Twenty-four minutes into the second half, Elias showed Menezes' decision was
right as he set up Pato, who burst into the box to beat Mehdi Rahmati with a
Javad Nekounam also hit the post for Iran in the opening minutes of the second
In the 73rd minute, Karim Bagheri was introduced for Masoud Shojaei to mark his
farewell appearance for the national team, his 87th match for his country.
The 37-year-old midfielder, who played for Iran in the 1998 World Cup, failed
to increase his 50-goal international tally.
Nilmar missed the chance to make it 3-0 after he got the ball from Andre Santos
with six minutes left but made amends in injury-time, applying the finish to a
Giuliano cross from the left to the far post.
Iran had the chance to reduce the deficit seconds before the final whistle as
Bagheri assisted Andranik Teymourian, who shot wide, very close to the far
Brazil are playing Ukraine in Derby on Monday.