EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., AUG. 10 -- Fernando converted a return pass from Bobo at 26:52 to give Flamengo of Brazil a 1-0 victory over the U.S. national team tonight in the first round of the Marlboro Cup of New York at Giants Stadium.
In Sunday's championship, Flamengo will face Alianza of Lima, Peru, a 1-0 winner over Sporting Lisbon of Portugal in the first game. The United States, the defending Marlboro Cup champion, will play Sporting Lisbon for third.
The Brazilians, 7-0 winners over Real Sociedad of Spain in last week's Sharp Cup in Tokyo, dominated the early going, taking the first six shots of the match. Flamengo scored on its fifth shot when Bobo took a pass from Fernando, carried the ball down the left side and split the low cross back to Fernando, six yards in front of the net.
Eric Eichmann and Jimmy Banks had opportunities to get a foot on Bobo's crossing pass, but when they failed, it left Tony Meola at Fernando's mercy.
Immediately after Flamengo's goal, the United States, winless in three World Cup matches, came storming back. A free kick by Bruce Murray of Germantown, Md., in the 34th minute had to be punched away by Flamengo goalie Ze Carlos. On the ensuing corner kick, a header by John Doyle and Murray's rebound both had to be knocked out of danger.