Brazil Vs. Ghana, 2011 International Friendly: Brazil Defeat 10-Man Black Stars 1-0

Brazil and Ghana face off on Monday in an international friendly from London, England.

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Brazil Vs. Ghana, 2011 International Friendly: Full Time, Brazil Wins 1-0

For the first 33 minutes of the match, Brazil and Ghana entertained everyone. At that point, Daniel Opare was sent off and things got a little dicey. Leandro Damiao scored a nice goal in the 45th minute, but things were all downhill from there. What ensued in the second half was hardly flattering to either side.

Ghana proceeded to commit constant dirty fouls on Brazil, targeting Neymar in particular. A few of Brazil's players have (possibly unfair) reputations as divers, but there was no diving taking place on Monday evening at Craven Cottage. Ghana was hacking away at Brazil constantly, and it looked legitimate every time a Brazilian player went down.

At the same time, Mano Menezes' side lacked a killer instinct in the final third, outside of Damiao. Both Ronaldinho and Neymar showed off some individual skills, but neither could do much to create scoring opportunities for themselves and their teammates. Once Ganso went off with an injury and Elias was introduced, Brazil didn't play like Brazil.

Brazil walked away from Craven Cottage with a 1-0 victory, but there are probably more questions about the future job security of Menezes than there are about Goran Stevanovic.

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Brazil Vs. Ghana, 2011 International Friendly: Lineups

The cool thing about international breaks is that the games get spread out a bit. On days where you assume there's no football to watch, you flip over to ESPN3 and see "Oh, Brazil and Ghana are playing!" And if you don't want to watch that, you probably just don't like footy. Here are the lineups.

Brazil lineup: Julio Cesar; Daniel Alves, Lucio, Silva, Marcelo; Lucas Leiva, Fernandinho, Ganso; Ronaldinho, Neymar, Leandro Damiao

Ghana lineup: Kwarasey; Pantsil, Opare, Jonathan Mensah, Vorsah; Agyemeng-Badu, Inkoom, D. Boateng, K. Asamoah; J. Ayew

Neither lineup is completely clear and both could take a few different shapes. However, Ghana's lineup looks like a 4-5-1 with Jordan Ayew as a lone striker and Samuel Inkoom on the wing instead of the right back position he normally plays at club level. Brazil will likely be playing a 4-3-3 variation with Ronaldinho and Neymar on either side of Leandro Damiao, while Ganso plays in front of a double pivot of Lucas Leiva and Fernandinho.

Kickoff is at 2:45 pm ET, 7:45 pm local time from Craven Cottage in London. We'll have coverage of the game here in this StoryStream, and you can watch the match on ESPN3 in the USA.

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