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Scotland v Brazil as it happened


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By Colin Moffat

1612: That's enough from me. Brazil made light work of Scotland. The travelling fans appeared to have enjoyed the party but I'm not sure if such a one-sided match will have done much for confidence among the players. Thanks for your company and enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

1610: "It's been a worthwhile exercise in terms of developing team spirit and I'm sure this young group of players will develop together and improve," adds Scotland manager Craig Levein, who had his players away in Spain preparing for this game last week.

From Nicky via text: "Scotland appear to have resumed their more traditional role as cannon fodder for teams who possess more than 2 players with a first touch. A harsh reminder of our limitations."

1605: "We ended up sitting on the edge of our penalty box because the played round us in central midfield but we won't play any harder friendlies than that," Scotland manager Craig Levein tells BBC Radio Scotland.

1603: It's hard to pick out any Scotland players, since Brazil had so much of the ball, but Gary Caldwell deserves a word of praise for making a number of important tackles. The Wigan defender gave it everything in the face of wave after wave of attacks.

1559: "It's all about Scotland learning from one of the best teams in the world. They have to analyse areas that they can work on and move on." Former Scotland star Joe Jordan on BBC Radio Scotland.

1556: Well, that was the 10th meeting between Scotland and Brazil and it's now eight wins to the South Americans, along with two draws.

Full time
1553: Full-time: Scotland 0-2 Brazil
Two goals from Neymar settle the game in Brazil's favour and it was something of a let-off for Scotland, who were opened up on a host of occasions. A real lesson in how the game should be played.

1552: Don Cowie gets on for the final minute. Will the Watford man get a touch on the ball to tell his grandchildren about?

1551: Another superb slaloming run from Lucas sets up a glorious chance for Jonas but the substitute fires over the bar with only McGregor to beat.

From Louis via text: "Does Neymar realise there's a ferret on his head?"
Brazil's two-goal hero has just gone off to a warm round of applause. He may have a daft barnet but he's a real talent.

1548: Scotland win a free kick as Scott Brown is impeded in the process of shooting and Barry Bannan's effort gets up and over the defensive wall but it's a comfortable save for Julio Cesar.

1546: Peterborough striker Craig Mackail-Smith gets his first taste of action for Scotland as Kenny Miller makes way for the final few minutes.

1544: Lucas, the star of the last Under-20 World Cup, announces his arrival of the full international stage with a thrilling thrust, taking him past three dark blue shirts.

1542: Gary Caldwell makes two important interceptions, tackling Neymar in the penalty area and throwing himself in front of a stinging shot from Santos. Brazil have resumed total control.

1538: Robert Snodgrass is on for his second Scotland appearance. Charlie Adam trudges off.

A bad day for Charlie Adam gets worse as he clumsily upends Neymar to concede a penalty. The teenager picks himself up and coolly sends Allan McGregor the wrong way from the spot.

1537: GOAL! Scotland 0-2 Brazil (Neymar)


1534: That wee positive spell for Scotland appears to be over and Brazil are knocking the ball around again, although the attacking full-backs in yellow have been quieter in this half.

1531: Jadson, who has had a good day, is going off with 18-year-old Lucas getting his first senior cap for Brazil. Liverpool's Danny Wilson is coming on for Scotland. Christophe Berra will be the man to make way.

1529: Chelsea midfielder Ramires spins neatly away from James Morrison at the halfway line and motors away from another two men in dark blue but Scotland make a vital block at the edge of their own penalty area. Still 1-0 to Brazil.

1527: Another Scotland corner, another simple clearance for the huge Brazilian central defenders.

1525: Barry Bannan has added a bit of dig in the middle of the park and Scotland are enjoying their best spell. Charlie Adam rides a tackle to open up a shooting chance 22 yards out but the ball sails over.

1524: Steven Whittaker trots off and Kris Commons is on for Scotland. Does this signal more attacking intent from the Scots? We'll need to get the ball first.

1523: Scotland win their first corner as Ramires covers swiftly to snuff out a midfield break from James Morrison. Adam's low, driven delivery is easily mopped up by Brazil.

1522: There's a break in play as Charlie Adam gets treatment for a bang on the knee. A chance for the Scotland players to draw breath and for the fans to break into another song.

1520: From the resulting corner, Leandro Damiao is first to the ball again but his header flashes narrowly wide.

1519: There's big cheer for James Morrison as he skips past three yellow shirts with some fancy footwork but Brazil soon have the ball back and Stephen Crainey makes a sketchy clearance over his own crossbar.

1518: Elano has a dip from long range with a free kick but Allan McGregor is behind it all the way and gathers comfortably.

1515: James McArthur is coming off - he's looked a little overawed by the occasion. Aston Villa terrier Barry Bannan, currently on loan at Leeds, is coming on for Scotland.

1511: I might have been a bit premature in saying the shakiness had disappeared because Scotland are carved open again after a marauding Dani Alves run and Ramires makes a complete hash of his shot, firing over the top from 10 yards under no pressure. A huge let-off.

1509: A very shaky start to the second half from Scotland but nerves seem to have settled a bit now. It looks like Craig Levein may have asked his players to try and hold on to the ball a bit longer. Easier said than done...

BBC Scotland's Liam McLeod on Twitter: "Ok, terrible haircut but the boy Neymar can play a bit can he not? Shame we couldn't get to h/t all square."

1506: This time it's James McArthur gifting possession to the Brazilians and it takes a great double block from Allan McGregor to save Scotland. First, the Rangers keeper gets fingertips to a Ramires pass that was aimed for Neymar, then he gets his body in the way of a thumping follow-up from Leandro Damiao.

1505: Charlie Adam gives the ball away in the centre circle and Neymar breaks forward to shoot just inches over the crossbar.

1504: The teams are back out on the park. No changes in personnel from either side.

1500: What can Scotland boss Craig Levein do at half-time to change things? Remember, he can only use eleven players.

1458: Charlie Adam has been trying the Hollywood pass every time the ball comes his way. Brazil are enjoying far more success with short, quick passes.

From George via text: "Now Neymar is obviously a great talent and doesn't need that awful haircut or to wear his socks so they look like a pair of tights to get noticed."

Half time
1450: Half-time: Scotland 0-1 Brazil
They ain't half bad, this Brazil mob. Scotland have barely touched the ball as yellow shirts swarm forward and knock the ball around with great swiftness and precision. On paper, Neymar's goal is the narrow difference but the gulf in class is enormous.

1448: Wigan's James McArthur tries a bit of Brazilian trickery with a back-heel but team-mate Alan Hutton is quickly closed down by three opponents and Brazil soon have the ball back. The South Americans seem to have an extra player or two!

Well, it's been coming and it's a second goal in three internationals for 19-year-old Neymar, who collects a low cross from the impressive Santos, takes a touch and steers a shot beyond Allan McGregor.

1443: GOAL! Scotland 0-1 Brazil (Neymar)

1440: Gary Caldwell makes a great tackle to stop Santos as the Brazilian left-back races on to a neat back-heel from Neymar. Still 0-0 at the Emirates.

1437: Suddenly Scotland get a glimpse of goal as Charlie Adam swings in an excellent free kick and Steven Whittaker glances a header a few feet wide.

1435: Tricky teenager Neymar is stopped in his tracks near the edge of the penalty box by a cluster of blue shirts desperately throwing themselves into blocks.

1433: That's more than half an hour gone and I'm pretty sure Scotland striker Kenny Miller has only had one touch of the ball.

From Mikey mckinnon via text: "Sitting watching the Scotland game and we are gonna be done by this stupid zonal marking system. Its ridiculous."

1428: Lucas breaks in behind the Scotland defence and slams the ball across goal. Craig Levein's side survive another scare, although the ball may have gone out via the hand of Gary Caldwell.

1425: It's one-way traffic just now as Leandro Damiao finds more space in the penalty box but his back-post header is off target.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1422: A let-off for Scotland as Leandro Damiao rises highest at a corner kick and the striker's header clips the top of the crossbar.

1420: Scotland are carved open as Elano slips a neat pass to Jadson and Allan McGregor spills the midfielder's raking shot but there are no yellow shirts on hand to profit.

1419: The fourth top Twitter trend at the moment is Escócia. Is this down to Brazilians desperately trying to work out who we are?

1416: Chelsea man Ramires gets his head to a cross from Elano but can only steer the ball high over the crossbar. Scotland are struggling to keep the ball as Brazil press all over the pitch.

1414: A quick quick twist and turn from Dani Alves leaves Steven Whittaker tied in knots but the Barcelona full-back puts too much on his final ball and another promising situation for Brazil comes to nothing.

1412: With Scotland backing off, Brazil captain Lucio makes one his trademark charges forward from central defence but the move breaks down after a shocking cross from Jadson.

aland1903 on Twitter: "It's just like watching Braz... hang on a minute."

1407: Charlie Adam is guilty of giving the ball away and Brazil surge forward but the final shot from Lucas sails high over Allan McGregor's crossbar.

1406: First step-over from Brazil striker Neymar. I suspect we might see a few more of those today.

1404: Scotland win a free kick as Lucio barges Miller off the ball but Charlie Adam's 22-yard effort cannons off the defensive wall. Maybe just as well. We don't want to score too early. Remember what happened when Dave Narey opened the scoring at the 1982 World Cup...

1402: Kenny Miller and Steven Whittaker kick off for Scotland.

Taggart and River City actor Colin McCredie is at it again on Twitter: "Must be a dream come true for Ronaldo today... Getting to shake hands with Stephen Crainey!!"

1356: The national anthems are starting. James Morrison is grinning broadly as he sports a big bandage on his napper. The West Brom midfielder picked up eight stitches after a clash of heads against Arsenal last weekend.

1353: Captains Kenny Miller and Lucio lead the teams onto the pitch.

1351: Brazil legend Ronaldo gets a big cheer as he takes to the pitch to offer up a quick wave. The once deadly striker looks like he's been enjoying a few pies in his retirement. I'm sure scotch pies are all in the rage in Rio.

1349: 53,000 tickets have been sold for the game but there are huge gaps in the stadium. Maybe they are all reluctant to leave the party going on outside the stadium.

It's sunny
Alan from Eyemouth via text: "What a stadium eh? Just a wee bit better than old Brockville."
The sun is shining and the players have finished their warm-up. Not long to kick-off now.

1342: It could be a big day for Charlie Adam. The Blackpool skipper has been in terrific form this season and will be playing behind a midfield four, like Andrea Pirlo does for Italy. With his fine range of passing, he'll be tasked with finding gaps behind the Brazil full-backs, who love to bomb forward.

Daniel de la Cour on Twitter: "Lets hope the Scottish can bully their way through the relatively young and weak Brazilian midfield. 2-1 Scotland."

1336: It's a big old pitch at the Emirates and it's in immaculate condition. There might be a lot of chasing ahead for the Scots if Brazil find their passing rhythm.

Jim Steel in Milnathort via text: Will this game have eight subs at half time? Surely not.
Mass changes after the interval are often the scourge of international friendlies. The first half may be our best bet for thrills.

1330:Brazil coach Mano Menezes: "We expect to get back to winning ways again but respect Scotland. I watch a lot of national teams, that is my job and I watched Scotland against Spain. The team played well and were the equals of Spain. They put a lot of players behind the ball and demand a lot of attention because they are a quick counter-attacking side."

1326: After consecutive defeats to Argentina and France, Brazil are preparing for the Copa America in July, but coach Mano Menezes said he is also using the game to look at his options for the 2012 London Olympics.

Taggart and River City actor Colin McCredie has popped up on Twitter: "Let's hope Murray Davidson gets on for Scotland today, will be the first full cap for a St Johnstone player since Sandy McLaren in 1932!"

1320: It may not be a Brazilian squad peppered with household names but they can list the likes of Maicon and David Luiz on the bench. Gulp!

BBC Scotland's Chris McLaughlin on Twitter: "Samba style atmosphere outside the Emirates."
Craig Levein laughingly tells BBC Radio Scotland that "it's mental out there - there's a game of 300-a-side going on!".

1316: Brazil have not lost in nine meetings with Scotland, so could Levein's school of 2011 make a dent in that statistic? There have been two draws between the nations: a 1-1 in the first clash at Hampden in 1966 and a 0-0 at the 1974 World Cup when Billy Bremner agonisingly nudged the ball wide of an empty net from a few yards.

1313: For Brazil, Internacional striker Leandro Damiao, 21, is earning his first cap after the late withdrawals of Alexandre Pato and Nilmar. He will be joined up front by Santos teenager Neymar, the latest player to be dubbed 'the next Pele'. Chelsea fans might want to keep an eye on him since their club have been heavily linked with a big-money move for the 19-year-old.
Brazil: Cesar, Alves, Lucio, Silva, Santos, Lucas, Ramires, Elano, Jadson, Neymar, Leandro Damiao.

1311: Scotland boss Craig Levein named his starting XI yesterday and there were no real surprises. Lone striker Kenny Miller keeps the captain's armband in the absence of the injured Darren Fletcher, while the versatile Steven Whittaker is given a midfield role.
Scotland: McGregor, Hutton, G Caldwell, Berra, Crainey, Adam, Brown, Morrison, McArthur, Whittaker, Miller.

1308: Around 30,000 fans have travelled down from Scotland for the glamour tie against the five-time World Cup winners, while the number of Scots and Brazilians living in London should ensure we have a bumper crowd.

1305: Bom dia and welcome to our coverage of Scotland's friendly with Brazil at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium.

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