The Samba boys are still missing a beat or two

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - World Cup -

BRAzIL be­gan their quest for a sixth world crown with a 2-1 vic­tory over North Korea at El­lis Park but it was far from a vin­tage dis­play from Dunga’s men against hard-work­ing op­po­si­tion.

The Kore­ans, ranked 85th in the world, kept Brazil at bay for 55 min­utes un­til Maicon’s cross-cum-shot swerved in at the near post and the three points were as­sured by a rare moment of magic as Robinho laid a sec­ond goal on a plate for for­mer Manch­ester City team-mate Elano, al­though Ji Yun-nam gave them a late scare by halv­ing the deficit.

The win took Brazil top of Group G, but they did not look par­tic­u­larly con­vinc­ing in liv­ing up to their tag of joint World Cup favourites along­side Spain.

The lack of gen­uine width seemed to be caus­ing Brazil prob­lems as North Korea’s five-man de­fence ganged up on Kaka, Luis Fabi­ano, Robinho and Elano in a con­gested at­tack­ing third and Kim Jong-hun’s team were con­tent to burst for­ward in small num­bers on the break.

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