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Thu Apr 24 10:35:09 SAST 2014

10-man Brazil into quarters

Sapa-AFP | 01 August, 2012 19:210 Comments
Alex Sandro (R) of Brazil is shown the red card by referee Bakary Gassama of Gambia during their men's first round Group C preliminary soccer match against New Zealand at the London 2012 Olympic Games at St James' Park in Newcastle, August 1, 2012
Image by: Nigel Roddis / REUTERS

Brazil saw Alex Sandro sent-off but still overpowered New Zealand 3-0 to ease into the quarter-finals of the men’s Olympic football tournament.

By the time he was dismissed for a second bookable offence, after a yellow card for diving following one for an earlier foul, Internacional striker Leandro Damiao had sent the South Americans on their way into the knockout stages.

The 23-year-old set up midfielder Danilo for the opener and then claimed his second goal of the tournament before the break, with Tottenham’s Sandro to seal a victory which will see his side return to St James’ on Saturday.

Brazil went ahead with 23 minutes gone when Danilo played a one-two with Damiao before lifting the ball over goalkeeper Michael O’Keeffe.

And Brazil doubled their lead within six minutes when Alex Sandro ran on to a back-heel by left-back Marcelo and squared for Damiao to tap home.

Tottenham star Sandro put the result beyond doubt with a free-kick before Alex Sandro was dismissed.

Meanwhile Egypt also reached the last eight with a 3-1 win over Belarus at Glasgow’s Hampden Park.

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