World Cup 2010 - Injury blow for Brazil in win

Reuters - Wed, 02 Jun 19:04:00 2010

Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar was taken off injured in the first half of their comfortable 3-0 victory over Zimbabwe in a World Cup warm-up match in Harare.

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He went off after 26 minutes pointing to his chest allowing Heurelho Gomes to make his fifth international appearance.

Julio Cesar had been called into action to deny a double chance for Zimbabwe captain and striker Benjani Mwaruwari and Ovidy Karuru. Soon after that he indicated his discomfort to the bench and asked to come off.

Brazil doctor Jose Luis Runco said the Inter Milan player, rated one of the world's top goalkeepers, had been taken off as a precaution after hurting his back but would have to be examined.

Brazil continued their World Cup preparations with a convincing 3-0 victory over Zimbabwe at the National Sports Stadium in Harare.

Goals from Michel Bastos, Robinho and Elano led Brazil to their fourth consecutive win, but Dunga's mood was tempered by an injury sustained by goalkeeper Julio Cesar.

Zimbabwe battled manfully, with Ovidi Caruro missing a glorious chance as the hosts frustrated Brazil for most of the first half.

But Bastos's stunning free-kick opened the scoring for Brazil after 41 minutes, and Robinho doubled the lead moments later after latching on to Maicon’s perfectly-weighted through ball.

Elano made it 3-0 as he finished off a brilliant team move by the Brazilians and Dunga’s side coasted to a comfortable victory.

Martyn Wood / Reuters

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