Brazil vs Trinidad and Tobago

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Trinidad Guardian

Trinidad and Tobago's Under-23 footballers were beaten 7-0 by Brazil's Olympic team before an estimated crowd of 40,000 fans at Orlando Scarpelli Stadium Wednesday night.

Skipper Travis Mulraine and his teammates suffered an early blow when defender Derek King was sent off in the 8th minute for a vicious tackle on striker Ronaldinho. From the resulting free-kick, Alvaro sent the home team in the lead. Ronaldinho made it 2-0 for the Samba boys in the 20th minute from the penalty spot and two minutes later the same striker fed teammate Alex, who dribbled goalkeeper Kelvin Jack to score the third.

Mozart increased the scoreline to 4-0 in the 32nd minute and the T&T boys were lucky not to have fell further behind before half-time as two goals were ruled offside and another two attempts were cleared on the line. Ronaldinho converted a second penalty in the 60th minute and Mozart and Adriano added their names to the scoresheet in the 79th and 80th minutes respectively.

T&T are scheduled to face Guatemala, Canada and the Netherlands Antilles in a Sydney Olympics semifinal qualifying tournament here in March. The locals are due to return home today to prepare for two warm-up matches against Denmark's Under-23 team at the Concacaf Centre of Excellence, Macoya, next Wednesday and Friday.

Brazil, who also defeated the United States by a similar scoreline last year, are preparing for an Olympic qualifier against Chile January 19.