Kenya outclassed by Brazil in 8-nation tourney

May 29, 2012

Kenya proved no match for Brazil as the South Americans cantered to a 4-0 win in an 8-Nation International tournament Group B game played at the Athlone Stadium on Monday night.

It took Brazil just five minutes to turn their early dominance into a goal, when central defender Luan Teixeira got up high to head home a corner kick.

The South Americans continued to dominate proceedings, with some very neat triangle football making Kenya work hard, while entertaining the crowd.

The east African side’s task was made all the more difficult after 20 minutes when their numbers were cut to 10 following a second yellow card for Tairus Omondi.

Things got worse for Kenya in the 19th minute when Bueno forced his way through the centre of the Kenya defence.

Goal-keeper Joel Bataro made half a save, but the ball rolled towards goal, where Kenyan defender Vincent Otieno couldn’t do much else than walk the ball into his own net.

Again a near miss followed the goal as from the next attack Bruno Mendes strode forward and sent in a low drive, which was tipped onto the post by Bataro.

There was time in the first half however for a third goal when three minutes before the interval Kenya’s weakness in the air was again exposed as Wellington dos Santos headed home from a free kick.

The second half saw Brazil taking the foot off the pedal somewhat as they made three second half substitutions, the game very much already in the bag.

They dominated most of the possession in the second half, but didn’t get too much in the way of goal chances. Until the 70th minute, that is, when dos Santos got his second goal of the night, again a header from a free kick.

With 15 minutes to go the Kenyans were reduced to only nine men, this time due to a straight red card for Collins Shivachi.

Unfortunately there was not even to be a consolation goal for the African side when in injury time right back Islam Omar struck an excellent low drive from 30-yards out, but Brazil keeper Mattheus de Oliveira dived across his goal to tip the ball around the post.