Gilette Brasil Global Tour
 
Played
June 13, 2017 11:05 AM BST
Melbourne Cricket Ground — Melbourne
Referee:‬ M. Clattenburg‎
Attendance:‬ 49874‎
 
 
 
Thiago Silva 62′
 
Taison 75′
 
Diego Souza 90+3′

Australia 0 Brazil 4: Silva gets golden redemption at MCG

Diego Souza struck twice but an emotional goal for Thiago Silva was the highlight as Brazil beat Australia 4-0 in Melbourne.

Matthew Scott

Brazil celebrate Thiago Silva's goal against Australia in Melbourne
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Thiago Silva scored a redemptive goal as Brazil eased to a 4-0 win away to a much-changed Australia side, looking to build momentum heading into the Confederations Cup.

Silva was stripped of the Selecao captaincy after their 2014 World Cup capitulation and dropped altogether by Dunga following another poor showing at the Copa America a year later.

However, the Paris Saint-Germain star has enjoyed an international rebirth under Tite, wearing the captain's armband again in their previous outing against Argentina before scoring his first Brazil goal since that 2015 Copa at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The centre-back's effort followed Brazil taking the lead in the 12th second through a first international goal for Diego Souza – selected in place of the injured Gabriel Jesus – before Taison also opened his Selecao account and Souza struck again to wrap things up late on.

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou used the match to test several fringe players, making eight changes from their World Cup qualifying win against Saudi Arabia, but the hosts barely laid a glove on their illustrious opponents and will hope for better in Russia, where they will take on Cameroon, Germany and Chile in Group B.

The MCG was stunned into silence from kick-off as Giuliano, wearing the number 10 shirt typically donned by the rested Neymar, pounced on Mark Milligan's slack pass and sent Souza into the penalty area to finish low to Mitchell Langerak's right.

Australia recovered their composure and managed to turn pressure back onto the Selecao, Tim Cahill seeing a couple of close-range chances pass by before hooking a tough left-footed shot over the crossbar.

Though the tempo dropped, Brazil looked capable of cutting through the hosts at will, but Douglas Costa could not convert Souza's pull-back and Paulinho could only scuff the Sport Recife striker's touch into him over the crossbar.

James Troisi's eyes lit up from 30 yards, but a tame, off-target effort was a waste with Cahill making a move into the danger area.

Brazil's forwards were struggling to make the most of their opportunities, so defensive pair Rodrigo Caio and Silva took over to double the advantage.

David Luiz, operating in a holding midfield role, was unlucky to see his header from Philippe Coutinho's corner hit the crossbar, but Caio kept the chance alive, nodding back across goal for Silva to bundle home inside the six-yard box.

Langerak denied Souza and Taison one-on-one before the latter finally found a way through, latching onto Paulinho's back-heel and stroking across goal.

Stuttgart keeper Langerak made more stunning saves to deny Rodriguinho what would have been a debut goal and prevent Ajdin Hrustic scoring a spectacular own-goal on his international bow, but a chastening outing for Australia was completed when Souza headed home the resulting corner.

Australia

18
Mitchell Langerak
Goalkeeper
42
Bailey Wright
Striker
78′
-
Trent Sainsbury
Defender
57′
-
Milos Degenek
Defender
-
Aziz Behich
Defender
27
Massimo Luongo
Midfielder
78′
20
Mathew Leckie
Midfielder
57′
21
Robbie Kruse
Striker
9
James Troisi
Defender
79′
17
Tim Cahill
Midfielder
57′

Brazil

-
Diego Alves
Goalkeeper
13
Rafinha
Defender
-
Alex Sandro
Defender
4
David Luiz
Defender
73′
4
Thiago Silva
Defender
62′ 78′
7
Rodrigo Caio
Defender
62′
7
Paulinho
Midfielder
75′ 83′
7
Diego Souza
Midfielder
1′ 93′
-
Giuliano
Midfielder
1′ 78′
20
Douglas Costa
Midfielder
59′

Substitutes

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Mathew David Ryan
Goalkeeper
20
Danny Vukovic
Goalkeeper
4
Ryan McGowan
Defender
8
Aaron Mooy
Midfielder
78′
-
Jackson Irvine
Midfielder
57′
-
Tomas Rogic
Midfielder
79′
-
-

Substitutes

-
Ederson Moraes
Goalkeeper
-
Weverton
Goalkeeper
-
Jemerson
Defender
78′
-
Fagner
Defender
-
Gil
Defender
3
Filipe Luis
Defender
-
Taison
Striker
59′ 75′
10
Renato Augusto
Midfielder
83′
25
Fernandinho
Midfielder
73′
-
Rodriguinho
Midfielder
78′
22
Willian
Midfielder
71′ 93′

Coach/Manager

Coach/Manager

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Tite
Coach
 
  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match