Brasil 2, North Korea 1

One down, seven to go.  But the Seleção hardly walked all over a tenacious North Korean squad.  Not scoring until the second half — though Maicon’s geometry-defying goal set the right tone for futebol bonito (beautiful soccer) — the Brazilians were stymied but a tight NK defense that swarmed every attacker.  That didn’t exactly give the Democratic People’s Republic much chance for offense, though, only scoring a fluky goal in the 89th minute, by which point Brazil’s victory was basically secure.

While the narrator is a bit rudimentary, there’s some fun footage of the scene in Rio, though I have to admit I was jealous not to be 90 miles north in Newark, where live shots of the scene in the Ironbound District showed quite the street party.  The traditionally Portuguese, now also very Brazilian, neighborhood is also prepared for a friendly but fierce rivalry for June 25′s Brasil x Portugal match.

On to Sunday for the next trial in the Group of Death: Africa’s great hope in Côte d’Ivoire, with superstar Drogba’s broken arm but unbroken spirit.

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