Leandro scores winner as Brazil beats Ghana 1-0

AP, Monday 5 Sep 2011

Ronaldinho made a winning return to international football as Brazil defeated 10-man Ghana 1-0 courtesy of Leandro Damiao's first-half strike in a feisty friendly in London on Monday


Internacional striker Leandro marked his first start for Brazil with a maiden goal for the national team, collecting a through-ball by Fernandinho and slotting home a low finish in the 44th minute.

The 31-year-old Ronaldinho made his first appearance for the five-time world champions in 10 months and played the full 90 minutes, improving as the match wore on and drawing a couple of fine saves with bending free kicks.

World Cup quarterfinalist Ghana began well but will view the 34th-minute sending-off of defender Daniel Opare for two yellow cards as the turning point.

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