Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Brazil humiliate Australia in an international friendly

Australia suffered a damaging 4-0 defeat at the hands of Brazil in their international friendly at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Tuesday.

In preparation for the upcoming 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia next week, the task of facing the defending champions and the number one ranked side in the world was always going to be an uphill task.

Ange Postecoglou's men were thoroughly outplayed by the South Americans, who were unable to qualify for the pre-world cup showpiece for the first time since 1995.

The Seleção got off to a blistering start by opening the scoring in the first minute of the encounter when midfielder Giuliano profited from a poor back pass from Bailey Wright; to set Diego Souza up for an easy tap-in.

After recovering from the early set-back, Tite's side only added to their lead after the hour mark, as Thiago Silva bundled the ball home beyond goalkeeper Mitch Langerak - after the home side failed to clear their lines from a corner-kick.

Shakhtar Donetsk playmaker Taison grabbed a third soon after, as Paulinho lead a swift counter attacking move to set the 29-year-old up for the third goal.

And in the final minute of stoppage-time Souza completed his brace, with the 31-year-old Sport Recife striker smashing a bullet header past Langerak after a pin-point delivery from Willian.

Australia's next game will take place on the 19th of June, as they face World Champions Brazil in their Group B opener Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi.

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