Robbie Keane and Stephen Carr came so close to scoring against Brazil as Ireland played out a goalless draw against the world champions last night.
The Spurs pair both had chances - Stephen turned superbly in the box in the first half but was denied by the legs of Brazil keeper Dida and Robbie headed over from close range in the second half.
Brazil - fielding the likes of Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos and Ronaldinho - also had chances but both sides agreed a draw was just about fair.
Irish boss Brian Kerr said: "I'm delighted. We played well and deserved the draw, although we had to work very, very hard.
"We made a few clear-cut chances and I thought it was a very good game. We showed good shape and discipline.
"Robbie's was the best chance but they (Brazil) had one or two as well. Andy O'Brien made a brilliant saving tackle right at the end and Kenny Cunningham earlier put off Ronaldo."
Gary Doherty was an unused substitute.