Individual ability made the decisive difference in Brazil's clear-cut 9-1 victory over a disciplined but outclassed Thailand outfit.

Brazil coach Ferretti was less than delighted with his players afterwards: "The result doesn't tell the full story. It was a tough match and could have ended 10-8 or 9-7. We were very poor at the back today, we were in real trouble when Thailand hit us on the break."

Brazil went into the game looking to repeat their convincing performance against Australia. With the exception of keeper Franklin, Ferretti totally revamped his first-choice line-up, but the new starting five piled on the pressure from the kick-off. Vander accepted an early chance to put the Brazilians a goal up after three minutes and the South Americans appeared poised to dominate, but the traffic was far from one-way.

Thailand's Brazilian coach Glaucio de Castro had clearly done his homework. "I know what we have to do to stop them," he said beforehand, insisting the painful lessons had been learnt in recent 11-0 and 8-1 friendly defeats against the South Americans.

Thailand emerged from their shell and captain Piemkum might have equalised after 12 minutes as Brazil lost their sparkle for a while. Franklin had to be alert to deny Piemkum again with a quarter of an hour played.

Thais lack killer instinct
Just a minute later Falcao doubled the advantage from Pablo's perfectly weighted pass. The Asian side responded and Janta struck a post in a furious spell three minutes from half-time. Munjarern came close from Issarasuwipakorn's useful lay-off before the unlucky Janta again struck a post and then saw Franklin smother his follow-up effort.

Janta was at the centre of the action again 31 seconds into the second period as he failed to accept a golden opportunity to pull one back, before Franklin again excelled to deny Munjararern. Schumacher did his best to wake Brazil from their slumbers but Chuenta threw out a leg to block on 22 minutes.

Manoel Tobias conjured up a moment of individual brilliance to net the third with a volley, although Indio matched his team-mate for artistry with a delightful back-heeled strike from Schumacher's pass for the fourth on 26 minutes. Franklin pushed a Nueangkord shot onto the post with his fingertips on the half-hour, and the Brazilians continued to show how it should be done as Indio capitalised on a Chuenta error to make the score 5-0.

Falcao wizardry brings the house down
Simi brought up the half-dozen on 35 minutes before Falcao had the hall on its feet with an extraordinary piece of skill: the player set up a shooting chance for himself with a double back-heeled flick over his own head, resembling an angler casting his line in a trademark manoeuvre known as a "Carretilha". That was 7-0 after 36 minutes and Simi added two more before the end to round off the Brazilian masterclass. Thailand at least netted a consolation when Issarasuwipakorns fired through Franklin's legs on 37 minutes.

Thailand coach de Castro was unhappy despite a creditable performance: "There's no justice. We should never have lost by that margin today. But we're confident of a first victory against Australia."