Brazil 6-0 Australia: Selecao teach Socceroos a lesson

The five-time World Cup winners romped to an easy win in Brasilia early on Sunday morning [AEST], leaving the men in green and gold with work to do ahead in the months ahead

Brazil cruised to a 6-0 friendly win over Australia on Saturday, demonstrating the scale of the task facing Socceroos coach Holger Osieck ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Two goals from Jo and Neymar's strike saw the hosts leading comfortably by half-time at Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha, named for the legendary two-time World Cup winner.

A true great of Brazilian game, Garrincha would have run amok against this lacklustre Australia.

And although Barcelona's new star signing Neymar is the only member of the current crop with the potential to match his predecessor's legacy, they still had more than enough to brush aside the visitors without getting out of second gear.

Ramires added a fourth just before the hour mark, before Alexandre Pato and Luiz Gustavo extended the margin of victory further still, completing a comprehensive victory for Luiz Felipe Scolari's men.

After dominating the opening exchanges, it took Brazil just eight minutes to open the scoring.

Neymar found Bernard at the back post, and his volley hit the woodwork, with Jo on hand to slam home the rebound from close range.

The second arrived in the 33rd minute, when Paulinho seized on a loose pass from Brett Holman. Maicon moved the ball forward quickly to Bernard, who crossed for Jo to net again.

Less than two minutes later, Brazil made it 3-0 and put the result beyond any doubt.

Ramires' slide-rule pass in behind Australia's defence allowed Neymar to get the jump on Ryan McGowan, and the Barcelona forward raced away to slip a cool finish beyond Mark Schwarzer.

Maxwell replaced the injured Marcelo at left-back for the second half and it was the substitute who supplied the cross for Brazil's fourth, picking out Ramires to head beyond Schwarzer in the 58th minute.

A beautifully crafted move involving two more substitutes produced Brazil's fifth on 73 minutes. Hernanes scooped the ball over Australia's backline and Neymar cut it back to Pato, whose clever back-heeled finish left Schwarzer helpless.

More punishment arrived with seven minutes to go, when Luiz Gustavo exchanged passes with Neymar before slamming a strike from distance beyond Schwarzer.

In a worrying subtext for the Brazilian government ahead of the World Cup, there were renewed clashes between protesters and police before the match, although not on the scale of the unrest which marked the Confederations Cup in June.

Osieck meanwhile is likely to face discontent of a different sort upon his return to Australia, where Socceroos supporters will demand to know how he intends to assemble a competitive team ahead of the World Cup itself next year, with memories already surfacing of the embarrassing 4-0 defeat to Germany in South Africa 2010.

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