Manchester City relieved as  Robinho misses Oman test - but Nilmar shines to stake claim for Eastlands star's Brazil place

Nilmar is mobbed by Kaka (right)

Gold standard: Nilmar is mobbed by Kaka (right) after scoring for Brazil against Oman

Brazil stuck to their promise of confining Manchester City star Robinho to a spectator's role during their 2-0 victory over Oman.

And Villarreal striker Nilmar made a strong claim to keep the 25-year-old sidelined more permanently by scoring his second goal in four days.

Nilmar, who headed the only goal as Brazil beat England in Qatar on Saturday, fired the opener in Muscat to help the five-time World Cup winners end the year with 14 wins from 17 matches.

'It's always good to score goals, to play, to get opportunities in the national team,' said Nilmar. 'I'm trying to make the most of it.'

Robinho's mere presence on the sidelines had angered City, who wanted him withdrawn from the Brazil squad last week.

But the former Real Madrid player has enjoyed training under the supervision of his national team's medical staff.


Watching brief: Robinho (right) was not used against England or Oman

His compatriots were below-par in Muscat, but a second half own goal by Oman midfielder Hassan Ghailani ensured the end to a successful season that included Brazil winning the Confederations Cup in South Africa.

Kaka speeds away from Oman's Khalifa Aayel Al Noafli

Perfect 10: Kaka speeds away from Oman's Khalifa Aayel Al Noafli

Boss Dunga said: 'It was a good match. Oman play tactically good football and they were on top of their game.

'After playing England we were tired and that's why we didn't play to our usual standards.

'Oman is improving and if they go the same way they will definitely qualify for the next World Cup.'

Brazil were beaten just once in 2009 - a shock 2-1 defeat by Bolivia in La Paz - and they will go to the World Cup finals next summer as many people's favourites for the crown.

Real Madrid playmaker Kaka said: 'It was a good season, we finished the year with another victory. I'm happy to finish the season this way.

'I think that now there are just some details missing to correct until the World Cup but next year a lot of things are going to happen before the tournament.'

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