Brazil sneaked in front of an absorbing first half in their semi-final duel with Uruguay. Dunga’s team started brightly and defender Maicon scored a goal after a flowing move that he started in his own half.
Shortly afterwards the floodlighting system failed and the game was held up for 14 minutes before the referee restarted proceedings in the semi-gloom as technicials slowly ramped the power back up.
It was Uruguay who then got a grip on midfield and the game. Brazil still broke dangerously but the wily Lugano provided the security that Uruguay needed at the back while Recoba increasingly tested Doni at the other end. Three times from corners he went direct for goal forcing Doni to punch clear. He also slipped a ball to Forlán unleashed a wicked shot heading for the top right corner, only for Brazil’s keeper to push it away.
But shortly afterwards another Doni clearance only got as far as Forlán on the edge of the box and he lashed the ball in to level the game. Unfortunately for Uruguay having worked so hard to get back level they then quickly let Brazil slip in front again.
A brilliant dipping free kick from Maicon out right deceived the Uruguay defence and Julio Baptista was on hand to knock it in.
45 minutes to go.