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Ronaldinho returns but Brazil gasp

Brazil, with playmaker Ronaldinho back in the side, struggled to beat 10-man Ghana 1-0 in a friendly at Fulham's Craven Cottage ground.

sports Updated: Sep 07, 2011 01:07 IST
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Brazil, with playmaker Ronaldinho back in the side, struggled to beat 10-man Ghana 1-0 in a friendly at Fulham's Craven Cottage ground.

Leandro Damiao struck the only goal on the stroke of halftime,running on to a defence-splitting ball from Fernandinho and finding the corner of the net from a tight angle. Ghana never threatened after having defender Daniel Opare sent off in the 32nd minute.

Red card changed things, with Ghana retreating after halftime in a bid to keep Brazil at bay. During the match Dean produced seven yellow cards in addition to the two cautions received by Opare.

Ronaldinho, only came to the fore towards the end delivered a perfect cross to provide substitute Alexandre Pato with a header that forced a save from Ghana’s new goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey. He also saved a free kick by Ronaldinho in 89th min.

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