A Philippe Coutinho-inspired Brazil eased past the Caltex Socceroos 4-0 in a friendly on Tuesday night at the MCG.
GAME IN SUMMARY
- Brazil, the world number one ranked nation, stunned Australia with an opener after just 12 seconds.
- Brazilian captain Philippe Coutinho was the game’s best player, effortlessly gliding past opponents and creating numerous opportunities.
- Chelsea pair Willian and David Luiz were class, Luiz was a rock at the back for the Selecao and was pivotal in the second goal while Willian's speed and close skills were on show after he came on in the second half.
- The Socceroos handed a debut to Ajdin Hrustic and Dylan McGowan, who both came on in the second half.
Diego Souza Brazil, 1’: 0-1
Australia kicked off, the ball was passed back to Bailey Wright, an errant pass later and Brazil swooped. Within seconds they were inside the Socceroos’ box and Diego Souza slotted low across Mitch Langerak’s right glove after just 12 seconds.
Thiago Silva Brazil, 61’: 0-2
Coutinho’s outswinging corner was met by David Luiz who powered his header against the crossbar, the ball wasn’t cleared and the PSG defender was on hand to head home the loose ball.
Taison Brazil 74’: 0-3
Gorgeous interplay started by Willian before Paulinho played his part with a back heel that found Taison who slotted home his first international goal.
Diego Souza Brazil 93’: 0-4
A corner was won after a thrilling counter and Souza made it a double with a header off the set piece with the final action in the game.
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