It's been an eventful and physical first 45 minutes of play at Craven Cottage, with Brazil leading Ghana 1-0 at the end of the first half. Despite the fact that this is a friendly, there have been reckless challenges galore, with one player already going off injured and another getting himself sent off. Leandro Damiao's late goal is the difference between the two evenly matched teams, but with Ghana having to play the rest of the match with ten men, they're unlikely to be even much longer.
Paulo Henrique Ganso, Brazil's playmaker sustained what appeared to be a hamstring injury less than 10 minutes into the game, forcing Mano Menezes into a substitution. Elias of Sporting Lisbon took his place, and he was initially average at best. However, he came more into the game as the half went on.
In the 33rd minute, Daniel Opare committed a foul on Lucio and was shown his second yellow card, reducing Ghana to 10 men. His foul looked unintentional and was not dangerous, and referee Mike Dean probably should have used a little discretion. However, Opare was very physical for his entire time on the pitch and arguably committed other yellow card offenses that were not called.
Brazil finally found a goal just before the stroke of halftime, thanks to Leandro Damiao. He was dangerous throughout the first half, but finally found a payoff thanks to a great ball into space from the previously under-performing Fernandinho. Between Luis Fabiano's age, form and fitness, Brazil have been looking for a new No. 9 since the conclusion of the 2010 World Cup, and it looks like they might have finally found their man in the 22-year-old Internacional star.