COMMENT: The Chelsea attacker looks to have finally settled into his role with the Selecao, while the Manchester City man continues to shine in midfieldBrazil made it five wins in a row with an impressive 4-0 rout of Turkey in Istanbul on Wednesday night.
Neymar was once again the star of the show, the Barcelona ace netting a coolly-taken double to take his international goals tally to 42 in just 59 games.
So impressive was the 22-year-old on the night, that the home fans even began chanting his name during the second half.
However, as Gillette Brasil Global Tour outlines below, there were plenty of other positives on yet another satisfactory evening for Dunga...
|Willian came of age
Neymar will understandably dominate the headlines but Willian was arguably Brazil's most impressive performer in the Turkish capital. The Chelsea man had never previously looked comfortable in a Selecao shirt but he was outstanding at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium.
Willian was involved in three of Brazil's four strikes, playing a part in the build-up to Semih Kaya's own goal by releasing Danilo on the right wing before putting the result beyond all doubt with a neat, first-time finish from just inside the area in the 44th minute. The attacking midfielder then put Neymar in on goal for the striker's second goal early in the second half. We may look back on this as the night on which the 26-year-old Willian came of age for Brazil.
|Diego Alves justified Dunga's decision
With Jefferson left at home to focus on the conclusion of the Brazilian season, Dunga's decision to start Diego Alves in goal came as something of a surprise, with the Selecao coach having previously stated that Rafael Cabral was his preferred No.2. With Brazil also coming off the back of four successive clean sheets, the pressure was well and truly on the Valencia shot-stopper to justify his inclusion in Istanbul.
He did that - and more, with Diego Alves producing a number of fine saves, including one remarkable one-handed stop from Arda Turan's terrific curling effort. Essentially, the 29-year-old proved that Dunga is currently spoilt for choice in the goalkeeping department.
|Another option in attack
Luiz Adriano may not have marked his debut with a goal but the Shakhtar Donetsk striker did enough to suggest that he has a future with the national team. While Diego Tardelli is Dunga's preferred choice to start up front, given his ability to play the false nine role, Luiz Adriano showed the benefits of playing with a more traditional No.9.
He provided a fine focal point for the attack, creating space for those around as well as bringing others into the game with his ability to hold the ball up. Ultimately, he was unlucky that Kaya put through his own net during the first half as Luiz Adriano was perfectly placed to convert Danilo's cross. But he at least proved himself a useful alternative up front.
|Fernandinho offers protection and creativity
Sometimes it is difficult to work exactly how Fernandinho has just 15 Brazil caps to his name. This was certainly another one of those occasions. The 29-year-old screened the back four to great effect but also launched counterattack after counterattack with his reading of the game, immaculately-timed interceptions and intelligent distribution.
Nowhere was this better demonstrated than in the moment in which he played a quite beautifully measured ball that completely opened up the Turkey defence, thus allowing Neymar to open the scoring with a smart finish. Only recalled to the Selecao set-up in February of this year, Fernandinho is now one of the first names on the team sheet.
|Brazil have their belief back
If the trip to Istanbul was meant to be a test of Brazil's mettle, they passed it with flying colours. Not a single player clad in yellow looked intimidated by the always passionate environment in Turkey. Indeed, with the game won by half-time, Dunga was even able to hand Roberto Firmino and Douglas Costa their international debuts having already started with the uncapped Luiz Adriano up front. All of the newcomers gave a decent account of themselves, making this a pretty perfect night for Dunga.
There is, of course, a long way yet to go but the Selecao are most definitely moving in the right direction again. Just four months on from the World Cup, Brazil have their self-belief back.