Brazil on cloud nine
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It was all to easy for Brazil at the Gimnasio Nilson Nelson in Brasilia today as they strolled to a 9-0 win over Cuba in their final Group A match. The win put paid to any doubt that they might not finish atop the section summit and ensured a return to Rio, where they will play the first match of the second group stage on Saturday.

From the first whistle, backed by a partisan crowd, Brazil were in the ascendancy and only some fine goalkeeping from Wilfredo Carbo kept the scores level. However, when Schumacher broke the deadlock in the fourth minute, the floodgates opened.

Wilde doubled the advantage in the eighth minute and a Falcao penalty five minutes later after Betao was fouled in the box made the score 3-0. By half-time the hosts were 5-0 up thanks to Wilde's second of the match and a Lenisio strike.

Twenty seconds after the restart, Brazil hit their sixth, thanks to their skipper Vinicius. Falcao and Lenisio grabbed their seconds, but the final goal was the pick of the crop when Ari and Falcao combined superbly for Betao to complete the rout.