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Robinho inspires Brazil comeback

Robinho scores Brazil International June 2009

Robinho scores Brazil International June 2009

Robinho conjured a special goal to help steer Brazil closer to next year's World Cup finals in a crucial 2-1 qualifying victory over Paraguay in Recife after the home side had fallen behind.

Salvador Cabanas left the favourites trailing with a 25th-minute free kick that took a deflection off Elano and looped over the helpless Julio Cesar, only the second goal Brazil have conceded at home in the current campaign.

But Elano's City team-mate Robinho came to the rescue by volleying in an exquisite equaliser four minutes before the break and striker Nilmar scored a 49th-minute winner to complete the turn-around for Dunga's men.

Brazil can now guarantee their place in South Africa next summer in style by winning their next game in Buenos Aires against great rivals Argentina, who slipped to third in the South American group by losing 2-0 in Ecuador, who are fifth. Four teams go through automatically.

Carlos Tevez, linked with a possible move to the Blues, had a penalty saved by Marcelo Elizaga after 28 minutes. Young City striker Felipe Caicedo started against Diego Maradona's side but was not among the scorers.


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Hart stands firm for England Under-21s

Joe Hart England U21 International March 2009

Joe Hart was just one of three goalkeepers fielded by manager Stuart Pearce in an extraordinary 7-0 warm-up win over Azerbaijan that sends England Under-21s into next week's European Championships in buoyant mood.