. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Brazilian Olympians Boot FIFA All-Stars, 2-1

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey -- The Brazilian Olympic team beat the FIFA World All-Stars 2-1 on a late goal by defender Roberto Carlos in its final warm-up before the start of the Atlanta Games next Friday.


A crowd of 78,416 -- a record for a sports event at Giants Stadium -- watched as Bebeto set up Carlos, who beat goalkeeper Nelson Tapia of Chile from a severe angle to the near post in the 78th minute.


"This was obviously a good win for us," Brazilian coach Mario Zagallo said after Sunday's game. "Beating a team of this caliber will give us confidence going ... in that first match against Japan."


Brazil begins the Olympics against Japan on Sunday in Miami and then meets Hungary and Nigeria in opening round-robin games.


Brazil has never won a gold medal in soccer, but the chances are very good the drought will end soon, according to the FIFA All-Star coach and former Danish national team coach Richard Moeller-Neilson.


"As far as I can see, the Brazilians have a very good chance to win in Atlanta," said Moeller-Neilson. "Everybody likes to talk about how technical they are. They are physically very fit. Normally, they are good with the ball."


Bebeto lifted the Brazilians to a 1-0 lead three minutes into the second half. Savio sent the World Cup star a long, low pass through the center of the field. Bebeto raced toward the penalty area as Tapia came out to the top of the box. Tapia tried to knock the ball away, but it bounded right back to Bebeto, who headed it home from 15 meters out.


German star striker Juergen Klinsmann equalized on a brilliant volley in the 69th minute. Argentine midfielder Fernando Redondo raced unmarked into the penalty area on the left side and lofted a cross to Klinsmann, who kicked the ball into the net from 12 yards past goalkeeper Dida.


"My goal wasn't really that difficult," Klinsmann said. "The ball was perfectly prepared for me."