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Beautiful game spells doom for U.S.

Updated: August 10, 2010, 11:34 PM ET
By Leander Schaerlaeckens | ESPN.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- This was what Brazilian fans expected of its national team at the World Cup: free-flowing football, clever passes and a youthful core of exciting players, led by Alexandre Pato and Neymar. O jogo bonito, the beautiful game, was on display -- at least Brazil's half -- in New Jersey, and it was more than enough to defeat an almost full-strength, lackluster U.S. national team, 2-0.

The U.S. took the initiative early on but didn't concern its opponents much with ...

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