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Scouting: Julio Cesar keeps clean sheet for Brazil

The Brazilian goalkeeper had about as much to do as I have faith in Arsenal's link to him.

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nothing this interesting happened
Dino Panato

Brazil and Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Julio Cesar didn't have much to do today as he played all 90 minutes for his national side against Japan in the opening match of the 2013 Confederations Cup. The 'keeper has been linked to Arsenal, but not really by anyone who's all that reliable so far - though as a backup to Wojciech Szczesny, if the deal's cheap I wouldn't weep over it.

Cesar made only four saves, but that was less because of anything he was really doing and more because Brazil had the ball almost the entire game. WhoScored had possession at about 65/35 to Brazil, and while possession statistics are about 99% unreliable, from watching the game it isn't an exaggeration to say that Brazil dominated in all phases. They kept Japan from creating any serious chances to speak of, and Cesar was there to clean up any messes that made it to his line.

All in all, Cesar didn't do anything impressive really, but he didn't do anything awful either. He was certainly better than his oppositte number Eiji Kawashima, so there's that!


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