Brazil earned their second win in their seventh game under Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari with a victory of 3-0 win over France at the Arena do Gremio in Porto Alegre, Brazil yesterday.
Goals from Chelsea midfielder Oscar, Lazio’s Hernanes and Lucas Moura from the spot saw Brazil beat France 3-0 to ensure the French ended their brief trip to South America without a win or a goal.
The result was no more than Brazil deserved in a match in which they were far the better side against limited opponents with limited ambition.
Brazil continued to pose a threat down the right. First, Hulk’s low cross after beating Jeremy Mathieu of France was cleared at the near post by Mamadou Sakho and then it took a well-judged interception from Mathieu Valbuena to stop Neymar tapping home from Oscar’s cross just after the half hour mark.
For France it was more disappointment following their 1-0 reverse against Uruguay four days earlier.
“There was no photo (finish), we tried to fight in the first half but we were dominated by our opponent,” said France striker Karim Benzema.
“It’s tough losing 3-0. We tried in the first half, we didn’t score and little by little, we collapsed.”
Brazil was typically dominant but struggled to find a finishing touch in the first half.
France may have survived the first period but Brazil stepped up a gear in the second.
There were chances for both teams within two minutes of the restart as Yohan Cabaye fired an effort from distance just outside the post after Hulk had only found the side netting at the end of a Canarinha counterattack.
Scolari’s side will take confidence from the win and will hope to build upon it when they get their Confederations Cup campaign underway against Japan next weekend.