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  • Dani Alves 14'
  • Pato 68'
  • Nilmar 90'

Iran 0-3 Brazil: Alves fires Samba stars home

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

succeeded Dunga.

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

right-foot strike.

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.

Scoring Summary

  • Iran
  • Brazil
(14') Dani Alves
(68') Pato
(90') Nilmar