Ronaldinho turns back clock to score for Brazil

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Updated: October 12, 2011

Ronaldinho turned back the clock to remind Brazilian football fan’s that he is not finished just yet.

The 31 year old who returned to Brazilian football to join Flamengo earlier this year, was a surprise inclusion in the Brazilian squad for the friendly with Mexico however his late free kick helped his side to a 2-1 win in Torreon, Mexico.

Brazil, the 2014 World cup hosts, headed into the game on the back of a uninspiring 1-0 over Costa Rica at the weekend, had turned to the former Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Milan star to boost a team that has slipped to 7th in the world, one short of their previous lowest ranking of 8th place in 1993.

David Luiz had put Mexico ahead with an own goal on 5th minutes and things went from bad to worse for Mano Menezes’ side when Daniel Alves was sent off for a foul on Javier Hernandez in the box, Jefferson saving the blushes of the Barcelona defender with a fine penalty stop.

With 11 minutes left, the two-time former FIFA player of the year Ronaldinho stepped up to equaliser with sublime free kick before Marcelo sealed the win four minutes later.

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