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  • June 9, 2013
  • • 3:00 PM
  • • Arena do Grêmio, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul
  • Referee: V. Carrillo
  • • Attendance: 51919

Live Commentary

  • Well, the international week is over, but the Confederations Cup awaits. Brazil v Japan is the first game, next Saturday evening. Live commentary on, join us then! Good night.
  • Well, the international week is over, but the Confederations Cup awaits. Brazil v Japan is the first game, next Saturday evening. Live commentary on, join us then! Good night.
  • France themselves distinctly poor, after yet another positive start. Lethargic and uninterested throughout. Three defeats in a row. Very poor from Deschamps' men.
  • The best possible outcome for Brazil ahead of the Confederations Cup. Their poor run under Scolari is over, their first win over France since 1992. Better in the second half, amidst the changes, and the Selecao are smiling once more.
  • 90' + 4'
    FULL-TIME: Brazil 3-0 France.
  • 90' + 3'
    Penalty Goal Lucas
  • 90' + 3'
    GOAL! BRAZIL 3-0 FRANCE - Lucas Moura puts paid to the country where he works and lives, with a fine penalty tucked away in the bottom corner. Sends Lloris the wrong way. Brazil win in style!
  • 90' + 2'
    PENALTY TO BRAZIL - Marcelo tripped by Mathieu Debuchy, who has had a woeful game. Lucas Moura - of Paris Saint-Germain to take.
  • 90' + 1'
    BERNARD! Almost a dream goal from the Atletico Mineiro wonderkid. Played in off the left, and gets a shot away, but his shot is tame.
  • 90'
  • 89'
    SubstitutionNeymar Jr. Bernard
  • 89'
    Tonight's two Brazilian goals is the first time the Selecao have put through a French net since June 2001 - their last three encounters have seen France score two to Brazil's none.
  • 88'
    SUBSTITUTION: OFF - Neymar ON - Bernard.
  • 87'
    SubstitutionPaulinho Dante
  • 87'
    This will prove to be a huge boost for Scolari's side ahead of the Confederations Cup. The Selecao get started against Japan in Brasilia on Saturday, and of course, live coverage is here on!
  • 87'
    SUBSTITUTION: OFF - Paulinho ON - Dante.
  • 86'
    That is a brilliant counter-attack, in all honesty. Brazil clicking all at once, to produce a sublime second. The crowd in Porto Alegre are in positive spirits. Jo's pass from the counter initially seemed to terminate the attack, but Neymar's assist towards Hernanes, also a highlight. 2-0!
  • 85'
    Assist Neymar Jr.
  • 85'
    Goal Hernanes
    GOAL! BRAZIL 2-0 FRANCE! Hernanes with the second! Superb counter-attack.Utterly superb. France waste their corner, and Dimitri Payet is possessed, leaving Jo to start up the counter. Fed into the path of Hernanes inside the area, he steers past Lloris.
  • 83'
    Debuchy races forward to try and utilise the right-wing and resurrect France's meek attacking attempts. He wins a corner off Marcelo.
  • 82'
    SubstitutionYohan Cabaye Bafetimbi Gomis
  • 82'
    SUBSTITUTION: FRANCE - OFF: Yohan Cabaye, ON: Bafetimbi Gomis.
  • 81'
    SubstitutionLuiz Gustavo Hernanes
  • 81'
    STATISTIC: Karim Benzema has gone 1082 minutes without a goal for France.
  • 80'
    SUBSTITUTION: Brazil - OFF: Luiz Gustavo, ON Hernanes.
  • 80'
    SUBSTITUTION: Brazil - OFF: Luiz Gustavo, ON Hernanes.
  • 79'
    Grenier returns to find his Lyon team-mate Lacazette on the far side, but Marcelo holds firm to deny the winger, who was up against it following a poor bit of control.
  • 78'
    Grenier attempts to skip past the challenge of Fernando, who does well to deny the attacking midfielder. Brazil comfortable carrying out their defensive duties at the minute.
  • 77'
    Where to for France now? Karim Benzema's last meaningful international goal came against the Selecao more than two years ago, and he only has struck thrice (two v Estonia, one v Albania) since. With crucial World Cup qualifiers to come, will France succeed in the near future?
  • 74'
    That spate of substitutions has punctuated the flow of the game, as Lucas Moura is sent tumbling under the challenge of Yohan Cabaye. Entering the final quarter now.
  • 72'
    The likes of Lyon's Clement Grenier and Alexandre Lacazette thrown on by Deschamps as they seek to turn it around against the five-time world champions. Arsenal's Olivier Giroud in for the ineffective Benzema.
  • 71'
  • 71'
    SUBSTITUTIONS: FRANCE - OFF: Valbuena, Matuidi, Benzema. ON: Grenier, Giroud and Lacazette.
  • 70'
    SubstitutionBlaise Matuidi Clément Grenier
  • 70'
    SubstitutionKarim Benzema Olivier Giroud
  • 70'
    SubstitutionMathieu Valbuena Alexandre Lacazette
  • 69'
    SUBSTITUTION - Brazil: ON Jo OFF Fred. The Atletico Mineiro striker makes his first appearance for Brazil since the Olympic Games of 2008 - he only replaced Leandro Damiao in the squad on Thursday.
  • 68'
    A number of French substitutions on the way, as Didier Deschamps tinkers with his side.
  • 67'
    Brazil have a corner, as Paulino ploughs through the midfield and begins to assert pressure on the French. Luiz forward, but Rami with the clearance away.
  • 65'
    SubstitutionHulk Lucas
  • 65'
    SubstitutionOscar Fernando
  • 65'
    MAGNIFICENT SAVE! Lloris does well to deny Fred, after a fine delivery from the right allows the striker to get past Adil Rami, with the shot parried superbly by the Tottenham goalkeeper.
  • 64'
    SUBSTITUTIONS: OFF - Oscar, Hulk ON: Fernando, Lucas Moura.
  • 63'
    Boos from those inside the stadium in Porto Alegre, but we will have our first couple of substitutions here.
  • 62'
    France attacking, but Guilavogui and Cabaye unable to keep the ball in, as they win a corner. Delivery from the left helped on by Jeremy Mathieu, but Mamadou Sakho unable to get a touch in.
  • 60'
    Debuchy out of position and allows Neymar to attack furiously down the left-wing. Cuts in on his left, and the shot is not very handsome, rising well over and wide.
  • 58'
    STATISTIC: France without a clean sheet for the ninth consecutive match. Their worst run in 21 years.
  • 57'
    Deschamps gesturing wildly on the touchline. The former Marseille boss, who lifted the World Cup on the back of a 3-0 win over the Selecao in 1998, thought there was a foul on Valbuena which was left unpunished in the build-up.
  • 56'
    OSCAR! Well, he could've had a second in three minutes. Brazil finally clicking together, and the fluidity shows as France hold off. The shot from inside the box drags achingly wide of Lloris' far post.
  • 55'
    Well, that is a major lift to those inside the Arena do Gremio. Brazil finally with the lead that, in fairness, they do deserve. What can Scolari's side do to consolidate it now?
  • 54'
    Assist Fred
  • 54'
    Goal Oscar
    GOAL!! BRAZIL 1-0 FRANCE! Oscar with the goal, and a great finish from the Chelsea player. Fed in from Fred on the left, who beat off a static French defence to sweep in the ball towards the midfielder to fire home past Lloris.
  • 52'
    Mario Normil on's matchcentre I'm frustrated with Neymar. We need Hernanes in the midfield with L. Gustavo. Paulinho is trash.
  • 51'
    Thiago Silva made to work more in this second half, as Guilavogui pulls the strings in midfield, towards Mathieu who is unable find Payet. Corner to the visitors nonetheless.
  • 50'
    Uncharacteristically short pass from Mathieu Valbuena towards Sakho allows Hulk to steal in before he is sent tumbling by the PSG defender. Free-kick to the Selecao.
  • 49'
    Marcelo does well to thwart Cabaye in midfield, with a rather unorthodox clearance. Matuidi brings the ball forward, under pressure from Paulinho - and Thiago Silva is able to watch that effort from Payet drag wide.
  • 48'
    CABAYE! That was a better shot than it initially looked. Superb strike, from distance leaves Julio Cesar scrambling to his left. Luckily, it flashes just wide.
  • 47'
    HULK! Not quite a good finish from the winger, after being set on his way by Oscar. Fine movement from Scolari's side, with Hulk in space on the right, but his left-footed effort drags wide of Lloris' goal.
  • 46'
    Underway in the second half, as France get us started again. They attack from right to left.
  • Well, another half, another Neymar failure to light up. Can the new Barcelona signing do it against big teams when it matters? Comment in the matchcentre chatbox, or on Twitter (@mohammedali_93)
  • @adilmv on Twitter: Final 20 mins of the first half has proved me wrong. Good pressing game from the Brazilians. Surprised that the score is 0:0
  • Half-time in Porto Alegre, and it's goalless. A rather slow first half, as both sides look cautious in a game where a negative result will impact severely on both sides. Brazil, for all of their attacking ventures, have failed to seriously trouble the French defence.
  • 45' + 1'
  • 44'
    Alves with a challenge on Payet, and free-kick awarded in the favour of France. Turgid end to the end of the first half.
  • 42'
    FRED! Good effort, and it's just wide. Leaning back from the header, it was a decent try from the forward, who was aided by a great delivery from the right.
  • 41'
    Matuidi avoids a yellow card despite a crunching challenge on Daniel Alves. Entering the last few minutes of the first half, and it remains Brazil 0-0 France.
  • 39'
    Still much of a slow-tempo game here in Porto Alegre, as Oscar wins a corner. Neymar to take.
  • 38'
    GUILAVOGUI! Good try, and if you don't shoot.....etc. The Saint-Etienne youngster takes things into his own hands by firing a low effort from distance, but it drags slightly towards the left of Cesar's goal.
  • 37'
    Nervy moments for Mathieu, under the challenge of Fred who hunts down the loose ball, but the left-back guides the ball safely back towards Lloris.
  • 35'
    Luiz Gustavo cleans up at the back after a loose ball towards Benzema is easily picked off by the Bayern man, who instigates a counter attack in the opposite direction.
  • 35'
    @Erasmuscod on Twitter: France truly need a top class striker. - in fact, when was the last time Benzema was on top form for France? Good point.
  • 34'
    Oscar on the far side posing one or two problems for Jeremy Mathieu and Dimitri Payet to contend with, but the visitors are holding out here.
  • 33'
    Brazil with another free-kick, this time from 30 metres out. Played short towads Marcelo on the overlap, and towards Oscar. But Sakho reads the game well to deny the hosts.
  • 32'
    OSCAR! Just wide. Lovely ball and build-up from the midfielder, whose creativity bamboozles his opponent and delivers in a peach of a cross out wide towards Neymar. Under pressure from Debuchy, Neymar cannot control the ball which flies out of play, and is appealing for a penalty.
  • 31''s Tom Webber: Brazil look much stronger since 4-2-3-1. Controlling the midfield and able to keep hold of the ball for longer spells
  • 30'
    YELLOW CARD! David Luiz (BRA) - The Chelsea defender is the first name in the book after lunging out on Dimitri Payet. The Lille star is in considerable pain here, and requires attention.
  • 29'
    Yellow Card David Luiz
  • 29'
    @adilmv on Twitter: In spite of having a young and talented squad, Brazil is in no position to be called favourites by the look of it < pretty stinging comment there.
  • 28'
    Brazil seem to be wakening from their malaise here, as they win a second corner to sustain their pressure on Didier Deschamps' side. Played in towards Luiz, but it's overpowered.
  • 27'
    Fred drops the ball in the path of Oscar, who finds Hulk straying on the right. Rami with a great interception, but only towards Paulinho who sets Hulk again on his way. Fantastic pace to beat Jeremy Mathieu, and he's won a corner.
  • 25'
    Over the midway point of the first half in Porto Alegre. Neymar tripped by Mathieu Debuchy, and he's feeling the challenge. Referee Carrillo waves away his appeals, and play continues.
  • 24'
    @francophilippe on Twitter: [France] looked good in 1st half against Uruguay, in fairness. Still can't find the net though.
  • 23'
    @ameen9612 on Twitter predicts Brazil's Confederations Cup campaign, he says: "They would really struggle" - keep the messages coming!
  • 22'
    Decent delivery from the winger, as his ball is punched away by Hugo Lloris. France momentarily camped in their own half as they struggle to get the ball away. Paulinho effective in midfield.
  • 21'
    Great ball from David Luiz, and even greater control from Hulk to keep that in. Wins a free-kick from Jeremy Mathieu, who couldn't compete with his step-overs.
  • 20'
    Neymar tripped by Matuidi, but the referee continues play, as Brazil begin to gain a foothold in this friendly. They're seeing more of the ball, and beginning to settle into their rhythm.
  • 19'
    HULK! Well wide. The Zenit St Petersburg forward cuts in from the wing and powers an effort goalwards. It's not troubling Lloris, not in the slightest.
  • 19'
    Brazil open up their Confederations Cup campaign, defending the title they won in Johannesburg against the United States in 2009. What sort of campaign can we expect from them? Send me your tweets to @mohammedali_93.
  • 18'
    No is the answer, as Neymar's shot is tamely blocked by the wall. Valbuena brings France away on the counter, as Mathieu continues the build-up. However, the ball into the path of Payet is powered too much and Julio Cesar clears.
  • 17'
    Neymar and Hulk exchange conversations over this set-piece. David Luiz is also in the mix. It's a great position, but can they test Hugo Lloris here?
  • 16'
    Free-kick Brazil after a long ball forward sees Neymar tripped outside the penalty box by Mathieu Debuchy. Clumsy to say the least, but what can Brazil make of this?
  • 14'
    CLOSE! GUILAVOGUI! Great chance from the young Saint-Etienne midfielder from a free-kick. Mathieu Valbuena with a clever delivery, and the 20-year-old rises highest, but powers his header just wide of Cesar's goal.
  • 14'
    For those, like me, who reminisce about the glory days - you might be shocked to learn about these two sides' world ranking. France lie in 18th position, whilst Brazil are at an all time low of 22nd. Friendlies or not, that is disastrous.
  • 13'
    Neymar gets a touch on the ball for the first time in a while, but his cross is wayward, and fails to locate a team-mate. Valencia's Jeremy Mathieu on hand to deal with the danger.
  • 12'
    A few tackles have flown about already tonight, and Cabaye is on the receiving end of another one - Luiz Gustavo is the offender, and he's been ticked off by the Peruvian referee.
  • 11'
    Brazil forced to drop deeper to reclaim the ball, as Luiz Gustavo plays in Oscar, who is dispossessed in turn by Cabaye. A few jeers from the fervent home faithful after this turgid opening.
  • 10'
    OFFSIDE! Cabaye pulled over by the linesman after being through one on one against Julio Cesar. Wonderful football from France, as Payet combines with the Newcastle midfielder, who just strays into an offside position.
  • 9'
    Brazil haven't really got going since that early mishap involving Hugo Lloris. France are threatening, and appear enterprising on the counter attack. A promising opening from the visitors.
  • 8'
    Les Bleus power forward, with Valbuena pulling the strings. Cabaye first, and then into Payet who has strayed marginally offside. Good decision from the linesman. Close, but correct.
  • 7'
    Paulinho goes under the challenge of Cabaye, and referee Carrillo hands the Selecao a free-kick. As yet again, the hosts can't get a good hold on the ball. Sakho looks as if he loses possession, but does well to deny Fred and reclaim the ball.
  • 6'
    Scolari already furiously off his touchline as Neymar strugglers to keep onto possession as Guilavogui concedes a throw-in. France applying the width at the minute, as Benzema and Payet combine.
  • 4'
    And it's a simple catch for Julio Cesar, as Brazil get the ball away. Decent tempo in the early stages. France will be hoping that they can have better luck against the goalkeeper, after Wednesday's failures against Fernando Muslera of Uruguay.
  • 3'
    France in their change strip of sky blue here in Brazil, and it's Jeremy Mathieu on the overlap, threaded in by Cabaye. He's won a corner for his efforts.
  • 2'
    Great start to this friendly, as Payet's mazy run along the other side is dealt with well, and Oscar counters. He feeds Fred inside the penalty box, but he can't make a great connection to test Lloris.
  • 1'
    WOAH! What a shaky opening from Hugo Lloris, the France captain. Lloris challenged by Fred, and his indecision in the box almost cost les Bleus, as he hurriedly gets the ball away - and only after tripping a player.
  • 1'
    UNDERWAY! Referee is from Peru, Victor Carillo gets us underway at the brand new Arena do Gremio in Porto Alegre. It will host four games at the World Cup next summer.
  • STAT: Brazil have not lost at home to a European team since England in 1984, and that famous victory in the Maracana.
  • STAT: France are unbeaten in their last six encounters against Brazil - including the 1998 FIFA World Cup final and the 2006 quarter-final in Germany. They've not conceded in those three.
  • The teams are out, and the national anthems are played. First, La Marseillaise of France.
  • TEAM NEWS: Brazil are more or less unchanged, though Marcelo and Luiz Gustavo come in from the side that drew with England in Rio last weekend. For France, Saint-Etienne's Joshua Guilavogui is handed a first international start, as Jeremy Mathieu is also given the nod. Karim Benzema, scorer of the winning goal in this fixture in 2011, returns.
  • FRANCE: Lloris; Debuchy, Rami, Sakho, Mathieu; Cabaye, Guilavogui, Matuidi; Valbuena, Benzema, Payet.
  • BRAZIL: Julio César, Daniel Alves, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Marcelo; Luiz Gustavo, Paulinho, Oscar; Neymar, Hulk; Fred
  • France themselves have fared poorly in 2013, with one win in four and defeats to established world names such as Germany, Spain and Uruguay. Deschamps' men lacked a proven finisher in Montevideo on Wednesday, as they lost 1-0.
  • Much has been made of Brazil under Scolari's reign after Mano Menezes had been sacked. The World Cup hosts have won once in six, and have not kept a clean sheet in that time - save for a 4-0 win over Bolivia in April, that featured domestic players only.
  • The last of Brazil's friendlies before the Confederations Cup gets underway against Japan next weekend, and Luiz Felipe Scolari will want a positive performance from his Selecao side tonight ahead of the World Cup dress rehearsal.
  • I'm Mohammed Ali and I'll be taking you through proceedings this evening. Don't forget to get involved - through's live matchcentre, and also post your tweets to me - @mohammedali_93. 
  • Good evening! And welcome to's live commentary of tonight's glamour international friendly. Old foes face off as France take on Brazil at the Arena do Gremio in Porto Alegre.