VIDEO: Robinho on target as Brazil beat the Irish

Ireland 0 – Brazil 2 (International Friendly, March 2, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Brazil broke the deadlock just before the interval as Maicon raced down the right, the full-back played in Robinho further down the line and the former Manchester City forward saw his cross was turned into the net by Keith Andrews. 13 minutes from time Brazil bagged a second as nice team interplay also involving Kaka and Graftie ended with Grafite backheeling a return pass through McShane’s legs for Robinho, who side-footed his finish into the corner from the edge of the box.


Portugal 0 – Sweden 2 (U21 International Friendly, March 2, 2010) Second half goals from Erton Fejzullahu and Denni Avdic earned the Swedes a fine away win.

France 3 – Croatia 1 (U21 International Friendly, March 2, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Stade Brestois 29 striker Nolan Roux was the star of the show for Les Bleus with a double.

Turkey 0 – Slovakia 1 (U21 International Friendly, March 2, 2010)


Nacional 1 – Belenenses 0 (Liga Sagres, March 2, 2010) Sloppy play from rock-bottom Belenenses gifted Nacional the opener after 26 minutes, Joao Aurelio the final beneficiary as he slipped in ball into the back of the net.


Velez Sarsfield 4 – Boca Juniors 4 (Argentinean Clausura, March 2, 2010) Victor Zapata gave Velez an early lead but Boca hit back with goals from Fabian Monzon, Martin Palermo (equalling the Boca record for career goals at the Argentinean giants) and Nicolas Gaitan. Velez then took the game by the scruff of the neck with a brace from Santaigo Silva and another from Manuel Martinez. Gary Medel had the last word for Boca in the final minute to secure a draw for Boca and end the best game of the Argentinean season so far.

Rosario Central 2 – Arsenal 3 (Argentinean Clausura, March 2, 2010) Javier Yacuzzi, Mauro Obolo and Sergio Sena scored in Arsenal’s win over Rosario Central. Milton Caraglio and Luciano Figueroa scored for Central.

Racing Club 1 – Huracan 1 (Argentinean Clausura, March 2, 2010) Defender Eduardo Domínguez grab an 89th-minute leveller to earn a point for Huracan away to Racing, who had led since Claudio Bieler put them ahead after 16 minutes.