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Brazil and Portugal Play to 1-1 Tie in Second Match of 2012 Nike International Friendlies

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (Nov. 30, 2012) – Brazil and Portugal scored on either side of halftime to tie 1-1 in the teams’ second game of the 2012 Nike International Friendlies. The four-team tournament is being played in conjunction with the Development Academy Winter Showcase at Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

Brazil went into halftime with a 1-0 advantage, courtesy of a late first-half goal by Boschilia. In the first minute of stoppage time, Danilo carried the ball up the left side and sent in a cross that Boschilia ran onto with impeccable timing, scoring his third goal of the tournament.

Portugal started out the game strong but Brazil quickly found its rhythm, outshooting the Europeans 9-0 in the first half and 16-3 overall.

The Portugal squad regrouped during the break, holding off the Brazil attack and pulling even in the 74th minute. Portugal served a ball to the left of the goal and Sergio Ribeiro hit a bicycle kick on frame. Literally. It hit the crossbar and bounced straight down. Jose Postiga had followed through on the play and, with the goalkeeper out, he headed the ball into the open goal.

Both teams have one game left to play in the tournament, with Portugal playing against the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 2. Brazil squares off against Turkey at 2 p.m. ET that same day.

Portugal is tied with the USA with four points through two games, having earned three points in the first game with a 4-3 win against Turkey. The U.S. holds a goal differential advantage over Portugal at plus-3, while Portugal is at plus-1. Brazil has two points after playing the U.S. to a 4-4 tie in the teams’ encounter.

The game started with a Portugal shot in the third minute that Bernardo Carlos crossed in and Macedo brought down. He shot low and Brazil goalkeeper, Marcos, stopped the shot on the ground.

In the 12th minute, Brazil broke free on a counterattack and Kenedy carried the ball up to the goal, but Portugal goalkeeper Joao Costa timed his run well and came out to make the save.

Marcos and Costa had several more opportunities to make saves. In the 51st minute, Portugal took a free kick on the right side. Rui Moreira took the shot, curling it toward the net but Marcos was ready and easily snagged the attempt.

In the 64th minute, Brazil played the ball to Caio on the left. He took a touch to settle and then curled a shot around his defender. Despite being screened, Costa got down in time to make the save.

Brazil had another dangerous chance in the 80th minute when Portugal committed a foul on Robert who was dribbling up the middle. The South Americans sent the ball to the right of the goal and Alisson fired a shot that Costa parried over the crossbar.

--Nike International Friendlies Match Report--

Match: Brazil Under-17 MNT vs. Portugal Under-17 MNT
Date: Nov. 30, 2012
Competition: Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Kickoff: 2 p.m. ET
Attendance: 350
Weather: 79 degrees, partly cloudy

Scoring Summary     1  2  F
BRA                            1  0  1
POR                            0  1  1

BRA – Boschilia (Danilo)                   45+1 minute
POR – Jose Postiga (Sergio Ribeiro)   74

BRA: 1-Marcos; 2-Alef, 3-Lucas (capt.), 4-Lincoln, 6-Abner; 7-Danilo (8-Robert, 77), 10-Indio (5-Savio, 70), 15-Gustavo Aguiar, 11-Caio; 9-Kenedy (18-Murilo, 70), 16-Boschilia (17-Alisson, 77)
Subs not used: 12-Thiago, 13-Raul, 14-Eriks
Head Coach: Emerson Avila

POR: 1-Costa; 2-Bernardo Carlos (capt.), 4-Joao Lima, 6-Ruben Neves, 13-Ricardo Carvalho; 10-Rui Moreira (6-Ruben Neves, 69), 11-Macedo (7-Sergio Ribeiro, 46), 14-Serrano, 15-Rafa (9-Jose Postiga, 46); 16-Concalo Guedes, 18-Costa (17-Guga, 57)
Subs not used: 3-Diogo Verdasca, 8-Clever, 12-Rafael Lopes
Head Coach: Filipe Ramos

Stats Summary: BRA / POR
Shots: 16 / 3
Shots on Goal: 10 / 2
Saves: 1 / 9
Corner Kicks: 9 / 3
Fouls: 12 / 13
Offside: 1 / 1

Misconduct Summary
POR – Ruben Neves (caution) 25th minute
POR – Serrano (caution) 32
BRA – Abner (caution) 51

Official: Marco DeOliveria (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Jason White (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: James Brooks (USA)
4th Official: Elie Aguilar (USA)