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Brazil's Firmino, left, and Austria's Veil Kavlak challenge for the ball during an
International friendly football match in Vienna, Austria, yesterday. Brazil won 2-1.
Firmino made his mark
on the international
scene yesterday, before
Lionel Messi s Argenti-
na faced Cristiano
Ronaldo s Portugal in
Firmino, a 23-year-old
midfielder making his sec-
ond appearance for Brazil,
scored with a 25-metre
shot in the 83rd minute
to seal a 2-1 friendly win
Brazil, which had led
through David Luiz s
header in the 64th, made
it six straight wins since
the World Cup in coach
Dunga s return as coach.
On a busy night,
Belarus won 3-2 in
Borisov to end Mexico s
five-match unbeaten run.
Raul Jimenez had twice
put Mexico ahead in the
second half. Japan beat
Australia 2-1 in a clash of
2015 Asian Cup favorites.
After a scoreless first
half in Osaka, goals from
Yasuyuki Konno and Shinji
Okazaki ensured victory
for the defending cham-
pion. Tim Cahill scored in
stoppage time for Aus-
tralia, which hosts the Jan.
Also, it was Slovenia 0,
Colombia 1; Greece 0, Ser-
bia 2; Iran 1, South Korea
0. In later kickoffs,
Argentina played Portugal
in Manchester, Spain
hosted Germany, and
Scotland vs. England
renewed the oldest fixture
in international football,
dating back to 1872.
Firmino s international
career started at the week-
end, as a late substitute in
Brazil s 4-0 win at Turkey.
The Hoffenheim mid-
fielder again replaced Luiz
Adriano in the second half
and ensured Brazil got a
fortunate win, firing a ris-
ing shot past Austria goal-
keeper Ramazan Oeczan.
David Luiz appeared to
foul an Austria defender
before connecting with
Oscar s corner to open the
Austria defender Alek-
sandar Dragovic leveled in
the 75th from a penalty
"We have to work on
details," Dunga said
through an interpreter.
"This is the beginning and
we can build on it next
On a cold, rainy night,
Neymar was seldom a fac-
tor, and Dunga took off his
captain in stoppage time,
allowing him to symbol-
ically hand over the arm-
band to Thiago Silva.
The former skipper had
recently complained about
the coach s choice of Ney-
mar to lead the team. (AP)
2 New Zealand
1 South Korea
Firmino scores in
Brazil's win over Austria
GENEVA---The latest twist in Fifa s
World Cup bid corruption case has
landed on the desk of Switzerland s
Fifa filed a "criminal complaint" against
unnamed individuals yesterday, calling on
Swiss federal prosecutors to investigate
money transfers connected to the 2018
and 2022 World Cup bidding contests that
were won by Russia and Qatar.
The unexpected move comes five days
after Fifa had welcomed a "degree of clo-
sure" on the case.
"In particular there seem to be grounds
for suspicion that, in isolated cases, inter-
national transfers of assets with connec-
tions to Switzerland took place, which
merit examination by the criminal pros-
ecution authorities," Fifa said in a state-
ment. The significance of the dramatic-
sounding request by Fifa president Sepp
Blatter for a criminal investigation was far
from clear. But Fifa said Swiss attorney
general Michael Lauber will get all 430
confidential pages of American prosecutor
Michael Garcia s report.
"The (office) will analyse the documents,
presented on a large scale, to violations of
criminal law and liability," the Bern-based
federal agency said in a statement, adding
it would "inform the public in due time
about further steps."
Lauber, if he takes jurisdiction, could
also have powers denied to Garcia, who
was unable to force the handover of finan-
cial documents and phone records or to
compel key witnesses to cooperate.
"The Swiss criminal prosecution author-
ities have the ability to conduct investi-
gations under application of criminal pro-
cedural coercive measures," the Fifa
The Swiss prosecutors were brought in
nearly four years after an often-discredited
Fifa executive committee voted for the
World Cup hosts after campaigns riddled
with allegations of bribery, favour-seeking
and voting pacts. Yesterday s announce-
ment came five days after Fifa ethics judge
Joachim Eckert s summary of Garcia s
investigation was widely denounced as a
whitewash of the Russian and Qatari bids,
and Fifa voters.
But Blatter s move certainly is a changed
narrative from Fifa s statement on Thursday
following Eckert s decision to close the
case against the winning bidders.
That move was quickly challenged when
Garcia appealed Eckert s decision to Fifa,
pointing to "numerous materially incom-
plete and erroneous representations of the
facts and conclusions."
Garcia and Eckert are expected to meet
tomorrow at an undisclosed location to
try to mend their professional rift.
The perpetual skeptics of Fifa s motives
are likely to see yesterday s announcement
as an apparent move to avert criticism.
Blatter said in an interview released by
Fifa that he acted on a request by Eckert.
In a simultaneous release, Eckert said
in a separate Fifa interview that he sub-
mitted his advice of a criminal complaint
"more or less at the same time" as his
42-page summary report was published
Within minutes of that report s release,
a "whitewash" verdict was winning in the
court of public opinion.
The Russian and Qatari bid committees
have always denied wrongdoing and
pledged to continue their World Cup host-
ing plans, costing each state tens of billions
of dollars in construction projects.
Eckert conceded there had been "prob-
lematic" acts of rule-breaking among most
of the 11 nations in the bidding process.
However, he concluded that any corruption
was "only of very limited scope" and did
not justify reviewing the December 2010
votes. Eckert said the latest complaint
concerns "suspected unlawful activity in
connection with Switzerland."
No details were given as to which finan-
cial or business laws Eckert or Fifa believe
might have been broken. (AP)
Fifa files criminal complaint over bids
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