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UPDATE 2-Soccer-Kaka's strike not enough as Brazil held by Peru

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LIMA, Nov 18 - Kaka scored a stunning 30-metre
goal as Brazil were held to a 1-1 draw by a feisty Peru in
Sunday's World Cup qualifier.

Kaka, who scored twice in last month's 5-0 thrashing of
Ecuador, was on target in the 40th minute to give Brazil the
lead in the South American group match.

Underdogs Peru hit back in the 71st minute when Juan Vargas
scored with a deflected shot from outside the area, the first
his team have scored in the group and the first conceded by
Brazil.

Brazil almost snatched a winner when Juan headed against
the crossbar from a free kick in the last move of the game.

Brazil have five points from three games, four points
behind leaders Argentina, and Peru two after three games of the
marathon, two-year qualifying campaign.

"Our performances was very good in the first half but we
dropped off in the second, when we lost a lot of balls in the
midfield and they were able to hit us on the break," said
Brazil coach Dunga. "Football depends on goals. There's no
point in creating chances if you don't put them away."

Peru, who last qualified for the World Cup in 1982,
subjected Brazil to some intense early pressure when Vargas
went close with a low left-foot shot from outside the area
while Jefferson Farfan fired over on the edge of the penalty
area.

Brazil weathered the storm and had a series of chances.
Maicon headed wide from a free kick before Robinho had his shot
charged down by Diego Penny. Vagner Love, who had won
possession on the edge of the penalty area, then shot just wide
of the post.

Kaka, however, broke the deadlock in the 40th minute when
he was found by Miniero and the AC Milan player's dipping
30-metre shot swerved away from Penny's reach.

Kaka nearly added another two minutes later with a chip
which Penny turned over.

The second half got off to a slow start as Brazil tried to
slow the game down and frustrate the hosts.

Brazil were close to a second when Penny turned
Ronaldinho's free kick around the post and saved another in a
scramble following the resulting corner.

Peru equalised in the 71st minute when Juan Vargas met a
half clearance with a low left-foot shot from 25 metres which
took a deflection off Lucio on its way into the goal.

Farfan set up a clear chance for a Peru winner when he
found Claudio Pizarro free on the edge of the area but the
Chelsea striker's first touch let him down and he lost the
ball.

Brazil finished on the attack and Juan, who had a superb
game in defence, was foiled by the crossbar deep into injury
time.

(Writing by Brian Homewood in Rio de Janeiro; Editing by
Greg Stutchbury)