A football lesson for Caribbean All Stars as Sao Paulo win 2-0
SAO PAULO, displaying the material which took them to the top of the 1986-87 Brazilian Soccer Championship, gave the Caribbean All Stars a football lesson in their 'friendly' international at the National Stadium Monday night.
The Brazilians shut out the All Stars 2-0 on second half goals by substitute midfielder Netto in the 72nd minute, and striker Pita four minutes later.
Alter a quiet first half, Sao Paulo gave a breath-taking performance in the second, and the two goals left the 30,000-strong crowd satisfied that they had at last seen something good for their money.
Substitute Netto, who came on for striker Le at the interval, sent a hush through the crowd with a curving free-kick on the edge of the 18-yard box, which left Jamaican goal-tender Paul Sterling unmoved.
It took several seconds before the crowd and even some members of the All Stars team realised that the goal had scored, as at one stage it appeared as it the ball was on its way over the bar, but then nosedived into the top corner of the goal.
In the 76th minute, Pita came storming through the middle to nod past Sterling, from overlapping right full-back Ze Teodoro's accurate cross from the right.
Sao Paulo were on top from the opening minutes, and could have moved ahead from the third minute but for a missed chance by first Muller, and then Silas, both of whom nonetheless had a good match. Pita with a desperate run on the left side, got his cross over to the middle, but the low ball rolled to Muller who miskicked, and Silas running on, hit wide of the goal.
Before the curtain came down on the half Silas let loose a ferocious 40-yard shot, which added to the woes of goalkeeper Sterling, hitting him on the forehead and bouncing for a corner.
Silas, hailed as a successor to Xico, and Muller, gave their midfield counterparts little control of the ball in that area, despite threatening moves made by All Stars' Howard Bell and Russell Latapy.
Veteran captain of Sao Paulo, Oscar, said his team made several mistakes in the first half, by sending too many short passes forward, adding that the ground was not very good to play on, and further said a light drizzle earlier in afternoon made the going even worse.
Oscar was however pleased with Sao Paulo's performance in the second half.
Teams: Sao Paulo — Gilmar (Ze Carlos) — goal; Ze Teodoro, Oscar (captain), Wagner, Beenardo — defense; Nelshino (Fonseca), Muller, Vizolli (Manu), Silas (midfield); Pita, Le (Netto) — forward.
All Stars — Paul Sterling — goal; Gobels Cadet, Marvin Fisher (Frank Marshall), Jean Cadet (Dave Brooks), Clayton Morris — defense; Marvin Faustin, Howard Bell, Jean Matalier (Leslie Creary), Russel Latapy — midfield; David Burgess (Kenneth Gaynor), Raymond Ravina — forward.
Prior to the start of the match, former Sao Paulo state Governor Jose Mario Marin presented an award to Natasha Bell, daughter of former Jamaica National coach Jackie Bell, in recognition of the late coach's contribution to football.
Marin made the award on behalf of the Brazilian Football Federation.