10-man Brazil into football quarter-finals

Aug 02, 2012, 12:14 IST | AFP

Brazil stun New Zealand with a comprehensive victory to storm into the quarter finals of the London Olympics

 Brazil saw Porto star Alex Sandro sent-off but still overpowered New Zealand 3-0 at Newcastle's St James' Park to ease into the quarter-finals of the men's Olympic football tournament on Wednesday.

By the time he was dismissed for a second bookable offence, after a yellow card for diving following one for an earlier foul, Internacional striker Leandro Damiao had sent the South Americans on their way into the knockout stages.

Damiao, Smith
Brazil's Leandro Damiao (L) vies with New Zealand's Tommy Smith. Photo: AFP

The 23-year-old set up midfielder Danilo for the opener and then claimed his second goal of the tournament before the break, with Tottenham's Sandro to seal a victory which will see his side return to St James' on Saturday.

Brazil went ahead with 23 minutes gone when Danilo played a one-two with Damiao before lifting the ball over goalkeeper Michael O'Keeffe.

And Brazil doubled their lead within six minutes when Alex Sandro ran on to a back-heel by left-back Marcelo and squared for Damiao to tap home.

Tottenham star Sandro put the result beyond doubt with a free-kick before Alex Sandro was dismissed.

Meanwhile Egypt also reached the last eight with a 3-1 win over Belarus at Glasgow's Hampden Park.

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