SAO PAULO (AP) – Brazil's convincing friendly victory over Argentina has taken some of the pressure off coach Mano Menezes.
Fans and local media praised Brazil's performance in a 2-0 win over the South American rivals, giving a break to Menezes following criticism for the team's disappointing results. It was Brazil's first victory against a traditional powerhouse since Menezes took over the squad after the 2010 World Cup.
Brazil was expected to win, playing at home and with a more experienced squad, but it played well and the victory was enough to quiet most of the critics.
The sports daily Lance says it was a ''victory made in Brazil,'' praising the team's return to an offensive-minded style.