International Friendlies

France 1-3 Brazil

By Michael EmonsBBC Sport
Barcelona striker Neymar has now scored 43 goals for Brazil, including eight in his last seven matches
  • Varane heads hosts France ahead in the first half
  • Neymar scores eighth goal in seven games as Brazil win
  • France lose for the first time since the 2014 World Cup
  • Dunga unbeaten since taking charge of Brazil in July

Brazil recorded their seventh successive victory since their 2014 World Cup humiliation as they came from behind to beat France in Paris.

Raphael Varane powerfully headed in Mathieu Valbuena's left-wing corner to put the French ahead.

But Oscar equalised when he linked up with Roberto Firmino and poked the ball past France goalkeeper Steve Mandanda.

Neymar made it 2-1 as he collected Willian's pass and shot past Mandanda before Luiz Gustavo headed in a third.

The victory maintains Dunga's 100% record since he took charge of Brazil for a second time in July.

He is helping to restore some pride to Brazilian football after the side suffered their heaviest ever World Cup defeat when they were thrashed 7-1 by Germany in the World Cup semi-final in Belo Horizonte.

Luiz Felipe Scolari resigned as coach after the tournament, which also saw Brazil lose 3-0 against the Netherlands in the third-fourth play-off.

Only two of the first XI from that Germany defeat started in Paris and Dunga will be pleased with their fightback after they fell behind to Varane's 21st-minute header.

Chelsea midfielder Oscar equalised before Neymar put the South Americans ahead with his eighth goal in seven internationals.

Brazil's results in Dunga's second spell as coach
6 September: Beat Colombia 1-010 September: Beat Ecuador 1-0
11 October: Beat Argentina 2-014 October: Beat Japan 4-0
12 November: Beat Turkey 4-018 November: Beat Austria 2-1
26 March: Beat France 3-129 March: v Chile (Emirates Stadium)

Dunga, who was previously in charge of Brazil from July 2006 to July 2010, will also be happy with his side's defensive strength.

Varane's goal was only the second Brazil had conceded in seven games and they had to hold on under sustained pressure in the second half when the score was 2-1.

Mamadou Sakho, Moussa Sissoko and Antoine Griezmann were denied by Brazil goalkeeper Jefferson, before Karim Benzema fired a volley over the crossbar.

Those misses proved costly for the French as Gustavo ended the game as a contest when he met Willian's corner.

It was France's first defeat in seven games since their World Cup quarter-final loss to Germany and the scoreline could have been wider as Willian's low shot was well saved by Mandanda.

For Brazil, who play Chile at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium on Sunday, it was another pleasing night as their footballing recovery continues.

Elsewhere, Chile suffered a shock 2-0 friendly defeat against Iran, while Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao scored twice as Colombia thrashed Bahrain 6-0.

Zinedine Zidane
Zinedine Zidane, Thierry Henry and Marcel Desailly appeared on the pitch before the game in a ceremony to mark French players with at least 100 caps
There was a minute's silence before the game to pay tribute to the victims of the Germanwings air disaster
France v Brazil
Moussa Sissoko, Morgan Schneiderlin and Oscar were among seven Premier League players in the starting line-ups
Raphael Varane
Real Madrid centre-half Raphael Varane scored his second international goal for France
Chelsea midfielder Oscar scored for Brazil, his 12th goal in international football



Formation 4-3-3

  • 16Mandanda
  • 15Sagna
  • 4Varane
  • 5Sakho
  • 3Evra
  • 18SissokoSubstituted forKondogbiaat 74'minutes
  • 22SchneiderlinBooked at 90mins
  • 14MatuidiSubstituted forGiroudat 84'minutes
  • 8ValbuenaSubstituted forPayetat 82'minutes
  • 10Benzema
  • 11GriezmannSubstituted forFekirat 74'minutes


  • 1Costil
  • 2Jallet
  • 6Guilavogui
  • 7Fekir
  • 9Giroud
  • 12Payet
  • 13Zouma
  • 17Trémoulinas
  • 19Kondogbia
  • 20Lacazette
  • 21Koscielny
  • 23Ruffier


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1de Oliveira Galvao
  • 2Danilo
  • 14Thiago Silva
  • 3Miranda
  • 6Filipe Luís
  • 8Mendes TrindadeSubstituted forMarceloat 90+2'minutes
  • 17DiasSubstituted forFernandinhoat 90'minutes
  • 19WillianSubstituted forDouglas Costaat 83'minutes
  • 10Neymar
  • 11OscarSubstituted forDe Souza Diasat 86'minutes
  • 18FirminoSubstituted forDe Souza da Silvaat 88'minutes


  • 4Nascimento Silva
  • 5Fernandinho
  • 7Douglas Costa
  • 9De Souza da Silva
  • 12Alves Carreira
  • 13Gabriel
  • 15Marcelo
  • 16Fabinho
  • 20de Souza
  • 21Coutinho
  • 22De Souza Dias
  • 23Grohe
Nicola Rizzoli

Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, France 1, Brazil 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, France 1, Brazil 3.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Fernandinho (Brazil).

  4. Post update

    Geoffrey Kondogbia (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Fernandinho (Brazil) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Dangerous play by Morgan Schneiderlin (France).

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Brazil. Marcelo replaces Elías.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Thiago Silva (Brazil).

  9. Post update

    Karim Benzema (France) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Brazil. Fernandinho replaces Luiz Gustavo.

  11. Post update

    Danilo (Brazil) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Patrice Evra (France).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Brazil. Luiz Adriano replaces Roberto Firmino.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nabil Fekir (France) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Brazil. Souza replaces Oscar.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, France. Olivier Giroud replaces Blaise Matuidi.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Brazil. Douglas Costa replaces Willian.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, France. Dimitri Payet replaces Mathieu Valbuena.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Oscar (Brazil).

  20. Post update

    Bacary Sagna (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 26th March 2015

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