Maicon's stunner gives Brazil positive start


Maicon produced an astonishing goal out of the blue to set Brazil on their way to a 2-1 win over a stubborn North Korea and spare their blushes after a shockingly bad first-half performance on Tuesday.

The full back ran onto Elano's pass and somehow managed to blast his shot into the net from the acutest of angles in the 55th minute of the Group G match as Dunga's team scraped a win in the opening match of their quest for a sixth world title.

Elano added another 17 minutes later for Brazil who were hugely disappointing with playmaker Kaka out-of-sorts.

Image: Maicon
Photographs: Reuters