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Summary

  1. Varane header from a corner
  2. Oscar with left-foot poke to equalise
  3. Neymar with powerful left-foot strike
  4. Unmarked Gustavo header from corner
  5. France's first defeat since World Cup exit

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Right, we are done and dusted for tonight. Time to watch a late-night cop film starring Sly Stallone. But don't forget to come back and join us tomorrow when England host Lithuania - and see if Harry Kane makes his debut. See you later!

  2. Euro 2016 qualifiers

    Coming up

    Although hosts France don't have to worry about it, plenty of other nations are worrying about Euro 2016 qualification - particularly the Home Nations. Here are the weekend's fixtures...

    England v Lithuania (Fri, 19:45 GMT)

    Israel v Wales (Sat, 17:00)

    Scotland v Gibraltar (Sun, 17:00)

    Northern Ireland v Finland (Sun, 19:00)

    Republic of Ireland v Poland (Sun, 19:45)

  3. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    El Don Carter: Neymar can be a Brazil great definitely. His records at 23 is staggering, he only needs to win few trophies and that's it.

  4. Post update

    France 1-3 Brazil

    Meanwhile, France will look to bounce back from this sobering defeat when they return to the Stade de France on Sunday. Denmark will be the opposition.

  5. Post update

    France 1-3 Brazil

    So the France and Brazil players will be enjoying a well-earned post-match scrub before going back to the team hotel to chill out in front of the telly later.

    But then it will be back to the grind for all of them on Sunday. Brazil take on South American rivals Chile in a friendly. In London, of course. And guess what? You will not miss a kick in our live text coverage of that match at the Emirates Stadium.

  6. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Tamrat Demllie: Well deserved Brazil, and poor defence from France. France look dangerous when they attack but great credit to Brazil midfielder.

  7. Stat attack

    France 1-3 Brazil

    Opta Jean: France have conceded three goals at the Stade de France for the second time, after their 2-3 loss v Russia on 5 June 1999.

  8. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Sholly: This overrated Brazil team will keep winning friendlies. When they get to the big stage, they will be thumped

  9. FULL-TIME

    France 1-3 Brazil

    So what have we learned from those 90 minutes in Paris? In a nutshell, France don't look anywhere near good enough to win Euro 2016 at the moment. Brazil are nowhere near finished as a footballing force. And Premier League managers can sleep well tonight knowing none of their players have picked up knocks.

  10. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    @FootballBlog79: Brazil look good against France, but as England always find out to their dismay, friendlies mean nothing.

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  11. FULL-TIME

    France 1-3 Brazil

    And there it is. Italian ref Nicola Rizzoli toots his whistle for the final time tonight, ending France's misery against a very happy Brazilian squad.

  12. Post update

    France 1-3 Brazil

    The game is petering out to a close now, neither side is creating anything. A midfield snooze-fest while we wait for the whistle.

  13. SUBSTITUTION

    France 1-3 Brazil

    Here's the fourth official again - he's been the star of the show in the last 10 minutes. Real Madrid left-back Marcelo appears for his first appearance in a Selecao shirt since the World Cup.

  14. INJURY TIME

    France 1-3 Brazil

    The fourth official hoists his electronic board into the air again - but not for a substitution. This time he is telling us that there will be four minutes of stoppage time. Four minutes for France to claim an unlikely draw.

  15. SUBSTITUTION

    France 1-3 Brazil

    This match is like a spluttering motor with a learner driver at the wheel. Stop, start. Stop, start. More subs, this time for Brazil, as Firmino is swapped for Luiz Adriano, before Manchester City's Fernandinho comes on for the final finale.

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    Sholly: This overrated brazil team will keep winning friendlies. when they get to the big stage, they will be thumped

    John McEnerney: Neymar wont make it into the top 10 all time great Brazilian players ever, there's about 15 ahead of him!

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  17. SUBSTITUTION

    France 1-3 Brazil

    Not much action on the pitch at the moment - it is all on the touchline. Jose Mourinho will be pleased to see Chelsea midfielder Oscar given a short breather in place of Souza.

  18. SUBSTITUTION

    France 1-3 Brazil

    This match is beginning to become very stop start. Brazil's Douglas Costa replaces Willian, while Olivier Giroud - making his first France appearance since the World Cup - appears in place of Blaise Matuidi.

  19. SUBSTITUTION

    France 1-3 Brazil

    And here is the said France substitution. Marseille forward Dimitri Payet trots on for Mathieu Valbuena.

  20. Post update

    France 1-3 Brazil

    France look to be preparing another change as Brazil midfielder Oscar clatters into PSG's Blaise Matuidi. That one was for PSG knocking Chelsea out of the Champions League...

  21. Post update

    France 1-3 Brazil

    Fair play to the French fans - I can't see many escaping the Stade de France for an early dash to the Paris Metro. But their team need a goal - sharpish - if they are going to salvage something here.

  22. Post update

    France 1-3 Brazil

    France waste a free-kick in a promising position on the left, Mathieu Valbuena overcooking his pass as the ball drifts out for a goal kick. That raises a smile from ex-Brazil striker Ronaldo, who is sat in the gantry as he returns to the Stade de France - the scene of one of the lowest days of his stellar career of course.

  23. SUBSTITUTION

    France 1-3 Brazil

    Remarkably for an international friendly, it has taken until the final quarter of the match for the changes to start rolling. France make a double change as they search for an equaliser, Lyon wonderkid Nabil Fekir and Monaco midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia entering the action in place of Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko and Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid.

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    Folabi Shobowale: 3-1 to Brazil against France, shocking defending from the French for that third goal. So much work left to do for Deschamps.

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  25. Post update

    France 1-3 Brazil

    Virtual silence in a shell-shocked Stade de France. And not because Luis Gustavo - not known for his goalscoring prowess - is the man who has bagged. France coach Didier Deschamps looks incredulous, muttering something unrepeatable - I assume - under his breath.

  26. Post update

    France 1-3 Brazil

    And here they come again. Willian is first to the ball and with one thought on his mind. His clever low strike is saved by the very busy France keeper Steve Mandanda.

  27. GOAL

    France 1-3 Brazil - Luis Gustavo

    And I thought it was Brazil who were supposed to be rubbish at defending set-pieces? Woeful marking by the French, who allow the freedom of the penalty area to Luis Gustavo. And the Wolfsburg midfielder makes no mistake, heading down into the turf and up into the roof of the French net.

    Luis Gustavo
  28. Post update

    France 1-2 Brazil

    But France do look vulnerable at the back. Steve Mandanda is needed again to claw away a Neymar shot. Corner to Brazil...

  29. Post update

    France 1-2 Brazil

    Time to see if France are the ones that I want (in the office Euro 2016 sweepstake). The hosts are expecting to challenge for the continental championship in about 15 months' time. But you would think they would have to show more cutting edge if they are to win a third European title.

  30. CLOSE!

    France 1-2 Brazil

    Ooooh la la! France almost have a goal to purr over. Antoine Griezmann shows neater footwork than Danny Zuko to wriggle into space, before arrowing a long-range drive towards the target. But the ball whistles just over....

  31. Post update

    France 1-2 Brazil

    Encouraging signs from the French as they try to haul themselves back on terms. The home crowd, including one bloke who has a Homer Simpson banner, are stretching their vocal chords again as Les Bleus attack....

  32. (NOT SO) CLOSE!

    France 1-2 Brazil

    Time to roll out that old 'like London buses' line - because three France chances have just pulled up at the Stade de France. First, Thiago Silva has to be alert to put a dangerous cross out for a corner, then Moussa Sissoko sees his angled drive smothered by Brazil keeper Jefferson. Finally, France skipper Karim Benzema lashes a wild volley high over the crossbar. He really should have scored there.

    Karim Benzema
  33. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Neymar - one of the greats?

    Neymar - that is 43 goals in 61 games for Brazil now. He is still just 23.

    By the time he retires, where will he rank among the Brazilian greats?

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  34. GOAL

    France 1-2 Brazil - Neymar

    And there it is - Brazil nab the lead! Another wonderful flowing attack from the Selecao ends in Neymar (who else) smashing in an unstoppable rising shot. The Barcelona attacker thumps the ball past Steve Mandanda at his near post. The France keeper would barely have seen that as it whizzed past his eyeline...

    Neymar
  35. Post update

    France 1-1 Brazil

    The visitors are having some joy here. Another low centre from the right flank is cut out by Morgan Schneiderlin's sliding tackle, before Firmino's header bounces wide.

  36. Post update

    France 1-1 Brazil

    Brazil right-back Danilo pounds forward down the flank, only to see his cross cut out by the French defence.

  37. Post update

    France 1-1 Brazil

    France, unbeaten since their World Cup exit remember, look relatively assured at the back. Liverpool centre-back Mamadou Sakho holds off Neymar to marshal a hopeful punt from Brazil back into the safety of Steve Mandanda's hands.

  38. GREAT SAVE!

    France 1-1 Brazil

    Now it is the turn of France keeper Steve Mandanda to feel leather on his gloves. The Marseille man drops sharply to his right, sticking out a big glove to fend off Luis Gustavo's fierce drive from outside the French area.

  39. Post update

    France 1-1 Brazil

    France start on the front foot. Les Bleus win a free-kick about 30 yards out, with Dynamo Moscow creative midfielder Mathieu Valbuena standing over the ball. But he wastes the set-piece. Valbuena floats the ball into the area, over the heads of his team-mates, and into Jefferson's hands.

  40. Post update

    France 1-1 Brazil

    Any latecomers just arriving? Tut, tut. But, if you are, here's a reminder of the two teams...

    France: Mandanda, Sagna, Varane, Sakho, Evra, Matuidi, Schneiderlin, Sissoko, Griezmann, Benzema, Valbuena.

    Brazil: Jefferson, Danilo, Miranda, Thiago Silva, Luis, Gustavo, Elias, Oscar, Neymar, Willian, Firmino.

  41. KICK-OFF

    France 1-1 Brazil

    Any half-time changes? To the frustration of club managers across the world, there doesn't appear to be. France restart the action...

  42. Post update

    France 1-1 Brazil

    Team-talk done. Tactics discussed. Water consumed. The two teams have enjoyed their breather and now they're ready to get back on the job. The players are re-emerging from the Stade de France tunnel...

  43. Join the debate on the BBC Sport Facebook page

    Your messages from the BBC Sport Facebook page about your favourite French and Brazilian players of all time.

    Tom Conde: Ronaldinho and Zidane. Ask me in ten years time and it could be Neymar and Pogba.

    Robert Windsor: Zico, Cafu, Lucio, Kaka, Ronaldo, Socrates, Eder. 1982 squad were brilliant, the best side never to win a World Cup, Zidane, Petit, Henry, Platini were pretty decent.

    Jonathan Gary Rowland: Cantona and I don't really like any Brazilian players.

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  44. Post update

    Copa full of problems for Chile

    Iran celebrate scoring against Chile

    Chile are the hosts of this summer's Copa America - the South American football championship.

    Their preparations will continue with a friendly against Brazil in London on Sunday. But they haven't gone all that well at the NV Arena in Austria, where they have just lost 2-0 against Iran.

    Javad Nekounam and Vahid Amiri were the goalscorers for Iran.

  45. Post update

    Falcao hits form

    Sort of. Radamel Falcao has hardly been in the goals recently but he scored twice in five minutes while captaining Colombia in their 6-0 win against Bahrain.

    Falcao has now scored 23 goals in 55 internationals, while Carlos Bacca, Adrian Ramos, Johan Mojica and Andres Renteria were also on the scoresheet.

    I wonder what that brace will do for the confidence of the on-loan Manchester United striker?

  46. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    With so many legendary players having turned out for these two nations over the years, we have been asking for your favourite French or Brazilian players of all time...

    Rob Collyer: As an Arsenal fan can I say Pires, Viera, Henry, Petit and Wiltord.

    Flemming Jensen: A French player broke Allan Simonsen's leg at Euro 84, so don't care for them. Brazilians generally overrated.

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  47. Post update

    France 1-1 Brazil

    France goal
  48. HALF-TIME STATS

    France 1-1 Brazil

    France v Brazil
  49. HALF-TIME

    France 1-1 Brazil

    For much of the opening 45 minutes, it was Les Bleus who were in control and posing the most attacking threat. But once Brazil found a bit more confidence with their final ball, pretty much only in the last five minutes, they were the ones looking likeliest to head in for a half-time cuppa with an advantage.

  50. HALF-TIME

    France 1-1 Brazil

    Peep, peep, peep! That's the sound of Italian ref Nicola Rizzoli's half-time whistle - and it is music to the ears of the French.

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    France 1-1 Brazil

    France are desperately trying to claw their way back into this match before the break. But they're struggling. One minute of stoppage time to go...

  52. Post update

    France 1-1 Brazil

    Brazil are well on top after the equaliser. The yellow shirts are buzzing around the pitch, like a swarm of bees chasing pollen. Can they nick another before half-time? Don't rule it out.

  53. GOAL

    France 1-1 Brazil - Oscar

    Ah, what do we have here?! A Brazil equaliser! Chelsea's baby-faced attacker Oscar is the man who silences the Stade de France - apart from a delirious away end - by poking in Firmino's through ball. Excellent first-time finish from the 23-year-old, who nutmegs France keeper Steve Mandanda for good measure after running on to the return pass from his team-mate.

    Oscar celebrates
  54. Post update

    France 1-0 Brazil

    I'm going to be honest here - I've not got much to tell you. The Mexican wave has stopped. Brazil are still shading possession. But France still lead. On we go...

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    France 1-0 Brazil

    But those French cheers turn to jeers as the Brazilians hog possession. Sidewards pass, tentative ball forward, retreat. That's the general pattern of the away side's play.

    Until, that is, one ball forward down the right touchline releases Willian. But the Chelsea man's cross is too close to France keeper Steve Mandanda, who jumps to gather easily.

  56. Post update

    France 1-0 Brazil

    These French fans know how to enjoy themselves at a mid-season friendly. Little over half an hour in and the Mexican wave has started. Now that is one bit of fun guaranteed to bring a smile to the face of the sternest of sports fan.

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    Alfred: Neymar has got a lot to learn in football. Making him the captain of Brazil doesn't help matters.

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  58. Post update

    France 1-0 Brazil

    Respite for the Brazilians. Neymar wins a free-kick about 25 yards out. Firmino stings the palms of France keeper Steve Mandanda when he lashes one goalwards from distance.

    That forces a left-wing corner which Mandanda comes to gather, only to be hustled off the ball by Thiago Silva in mid-air. But there is no Brazilian on hand to force the ball in.

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    France 1-0 Brazil

    Brazil don't look comfortable defending set pieces at all. But they just about get their act together on this occasion as Thiago Silva heads out.

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    France 1-0 Brazil

    Slick passing from the French, who are starting to find their groove. PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi's angled shot from 18 yards hits a yellow shirt and spins out for another home corner. Remember what happened last time....

  61. Post update

    France 1-0 Brazil

    "Allez Les Bleus" is the chant ringing around the Stade de France as the home side spring forward again. But Bacary Sagna's curling cross from the right cannot find a blue shirt. Instead it finds the forehead of Brazil centre-back Danilo, who butts it clear.

  62. Post update

    France 1-0 Brazil

    Let's see what Brazil have got in the locker. Neymar desperately tries to wriggle clear of the home defence, twisting and turning on the edge of the French box. But he is soon robbed of the ball and France break again...

  63. GOAL

    France 1-0 Brazil - Raphael Varane

    A chance goes begging at one end, another is snaffled at the other moments later. How many times have we seen that? France centre-back Raphael Varane climbs above the Brazil defence to meet Mathieu Valbuena's left-wing corner with a thumping header. Brazil keeper Jefferson had no chance.

    Raphael Varane
  64. GREAT SAVE!

    France 0-0 Brazil

    Chance! Neymar! Goal? No.

    Brazil pounce on a sloppy pass from Morgan Schneiderlin, putting Neymar through. But his curling effort is pushed clear by Steve Mandanda.

  65. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    We asked for your favourite French and Brazilian players. You haven't disappointed. Here are some more of your comments.

    Zinedine Zidane

    Naveed Afzal: My love for football started with Zinedine Zidane. There is nothing that man couldn't do. He made the difficult look easy.

    James: I would have Jairzinho. Absolutely fantastic player and great finisher. One of the best Brazilian players of all.

    Stephen: Youri Djorkaeff. Otherwise known as "le god" in Bolton. Absolute hero when I was young.

    Send us your views via #bbcfootball, on the BBC Sport Facebook page or BBC Sport Google+ - or via text on 81111 (UK only).

  66. Post update

    France 0-0 Brazil

    Very quiet inside the Stade de France as Brazil win their first corner of the evening. But a Les Bleus shirt is perfectly positioned to head clear Filipe Luis's set-piece.

  67. Post update

    France 0-0 Brazil

    I thought I was sat at St James' Park for a moment then. That's because energetic Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko picks up the ball in his own half, before trying to kickstart a French half with a quick burst. How many times have we seen that? But the move breaks down and Brazil win back possession.

  68. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Mathieu Valbuena (left) in action for France

    Andy Horton: Take Valbuena out the game and French set pieces get considerably worse.

    Ben Johnson: Except Sakho, what a team France have though... on paper anyway.

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  69. Post update

    France 0-0 Brazil

    No real pattern has developed to this match so far. Brazil quite happy to sit back, be patient and then spring forward when they sense an opportunity.

  70. Post update

    France 0-0 Brazil

    Neymar is the driving force behind this Brazil side, so it is not surprising to see him power forward on the attack. The Barca forward selflessly rolls the ball square to his right where Firmino is in support. But his 20-yard shot is tame and easily gathered by Les Blues keeper Steve Mandanda.

  71. Text us on 81111

    We asked for your favourite French and Brazilian players of all time.

    Scott Brand: Zico just because he is the greatest player never to win World Cup.

  72. GREAT SAVE!

    France 0-0 Brazil

    Dangerous position for the Brazilians. Can the visitors survive their first test? Yes, for the time being. Danilo heads away the danger for a corner, which then almost leads to the opener....

    Karim Benzema should score. The France skipper pounces on a cross, heading goalwards from inside the six-yard box, only to see Brazil keeper Jefferson wonderfully claw the ball out.

    Karim Benzema
  73. Post update

    France 0-0 Brazil

    Finally France stick their foot on the ball. Manchester City right-back Bacary Sagna is firmly in the thick of the action, playing a ball down the line towards captain Karim Benzema, who wins a free-kick...

  74. Post update

    France 0-0 Brazil

    Uh oh. Jose Mourinho will be watching nervously. Chelsea winger Willian crumbles to the lush turf after tangling with Mathieu Valbuena, with what appears to be an ankle injury. He is helped up to his feet by a couple of Brazil team-mates - he's alright. Phew, says Jose.

  75. Post update

    France 0-0 Brazil

    Low key start as Brazil enjoy plenty of early possession - to the chagrin of the home crowd. Whistles greet every touch from a yellow shirt as they patiently knock the ball around on the halfway line.

  76. KICK-OFF

    France v Brazil (20:00 GMT)

    Referee Nicola Rizzoli quickly tots up the numbers of the players on the greener-than-an-apple green pitch, is happy there are 22 men out there, then peeps his whistle. Brazil get the ball rolling.

  77. Post update

    France v Brazil (20:00 GMT)

    A sombre moment ahead of kick-off. The Stade de France falls silent as players, coaches, officials and fans pause for a minute to remember the 150 victims of the Germanwings air crash in the French Alps on Tuesday.

  78. LINE-UPS

    France v Brazil (20:00 GMT)

    France: Mandanda, Sagna, Varane, Sakho, Evra, Matuidi, Schneiderlin, Sissoko, Griezmann, Benzema, Valbuena. Subs: Costil, Jallet, Guilavogui, Fekir, Giroud, Payet, Zouma, Tremoulinas, Kondogbia, Lacazette, Koscielny, Ruffier.

    Brazil: Jefferson, Danilo, Miranda, Thiago Silva, Luis, Gustavo, Elias, Oscar, Neymar, Willian, Firmino. Subs: Diego Alves, Gil, Fernandinho, Douglas Costa, Adriano, Gabriel, Junior Marcelo, Fabinho, Robinho, Coutinho, Souza, Grohe Marcelo.

    Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)

  79. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    More of your favourite French and Brazilian players. Keep them coming in to us.

    Michael Bench-Capon: Claude Makelele. Only player in history to become synonymous with his position.

    Stephane Baroux: Zidane because he was a magician and controlled games, Ronaldo because he was ice cold and ruthless in front of goal.

    Paul Stephenson: Stephane Guivarc'h and Mirandinha. Neither could resist the fruits of Newcastle United.

    Send us your views via #bbcfootball, on the BBC Sport Facebook page or BBC Sport Google+ - or via text on 81111 (UK only).

  80. Post update

    France v Brazil (20:00 GMT)

    The Brazil players, to a man, stand with right hands on chests over their hearts. A rousing rendition, with Thiago Silva particularly vocal, but we don't see the heartfelt enthusiasm that we saw from the Selecao during the World Cup.

    Then, the Stade de France rises in unison for La Marseillaise. Adrenalin-pumping stuff for possibly the greatest anthem in world football. Almost show-time...

  81. Post update

    France v Brazil (20:00 GMT)

    Free flags must have been dished out on the Stade de France turnstiles - almost everyone is waving a Tricolore as the sides strut out on to the pitch. Anthem time...

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    France v Brazil (20:00 GMT)

    Neymar
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    France v Brazil (20:00 GMT)

    Karim_Benzema
  84. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    We are asking for your favourite French and Brazilian players of all time.

    John McEnerney: Socrates and Desailly. Doesn't get much classier than those two. Strong as steel and smooth as silk.

    Abdul Wahab: Zidane and Henry for France and Pele and Ronaldinho for Brazil. Absolutely brilliant players to watch.

    Rafi Ahmed: Cafu, the rock. Zidane, the orchestrator. Ronaldinho, the trickster. Ronaldo, the finisher.

    Send us your views via #bbcfootball, on the BBC Sport Facebook page or BBC Sport Google+ - or via text on 81111 (UK only).

  85. France's centurions

    France v Brazil (20:00 GMT)

    France fans in the Stade De France

    In the case the Paris crowd needed reminding about the 1998 World Cup final, a few men have just strided on to the Stade de France pitch to remind them.

    Les Blues heroes Thierry Henry, Zinedine Zidane, Marcel Desailly and Patrick Vieira - who have all won over 100 caps - wave to their adoring public.

    Wouldn't mind those four being in my five-a-side team...

  86. Will he? Won't he? Ronaldo drama ahead of 1998 final

    France v Brazil (20:00 GMT)

    Of course, that night will also be unforgettable for this....

    "We have just had the surprise news, I suppose the shock news, that Ronaldo will not be in the Brazil XI for tonight's match."

    Those were the words of BBC presenter Des Lynam when it emerged that Brazil's star striker Ronaldo would not start for the Selecao against France in the 1998 showpiece.

    Motson

    "Desmond, I've never had anything like this in my career. The scenes in the commentary box for the last 45 minutes have been absolutely mayhem. Journalists and commentators are racing around trying to find out the truth," added commentator John Motson.

    The camera pans to Pele. He looks ashen-faced.

    Then we go to Gary Lineker on the gantry: "News has just come out that it is the biggest wind-up in World Cup history - because Ronaldo will play. There has been a big mistake in the teamsheet."

    Later, much later, Lineker went to meet Ronaldo to find out what exactly happened....

  87. Post update

    France v Brazil (20:00 GMT)

    France v Brazil

    France. Brazil. The Stade de France. What immediately springs to mind? The 1998 World Cup final (for those of us old enough to remember it at least).

    A Zinedine Zidane header, another Zinedine Zidane header, then a wonderful finish from Emmanuel Petit in the closing stages, helped the French become world champions for the first time. And in front of a partisan home crowd for good measure.

    And tonight there will be a sense of deja vu for the respective captains on that balmy night.

    Because France's Didier Deschamps and Brazil counterpart Dunga will shake hands again before kick-off, this time on the touchline as the pair now coach their national sides.

  88. Brazil at a glance

    France v Brazil (20:00 GMT)

    Brazil
  89. Brazil are doing well - Deschamps

    France v Brazil (20:00 GMT)

    Brazil will not be a pushover for the French tonight, insists Les Bleus coach Didier Deschamps.

    "They are reeling from a World Cup that was not unsuccessful despite the trauma they went through - they were still in the semi-finals," says the ex-Chelsea midfielder.

    "I have seen what they have been doing since then and I saw many many very good things."

  90. France at a glance

    France v Brazil (20:00 GMT)

    France
  91. Who are ya?

    France v Brazil (20:00 GMT)

    So, you surely know all about Neymar and anyone watching Chelsea this season will be aware of the skills of Filipe Luis, Oscar and Willian.

    But what about other members of the Brazil side?

    Roberto Firmino is a 23-year-old midfielder who plays for German side Hoffenheim. He will be making his first start for Brazil after he came off the bench and smashed in a 25-yard strike to score the winner in a 2-1 friendly win against Austria in November.

    Elias, who has had a spell at Atletico Madrid, is a 29-year-old midfielder currently playing for Brazilian side Corinthians.

    Danilo

    Danilo, 23, (pictured) is a highly-rated right-back playing for Portuguese side Porto. He was in the Brazilian squad that won a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics.

    Centre-half Miranda, 30, missed out on the World Cup squad after being named as one of the standby players. Last season he helped Atletico Madrid win La Liga.

  92. Benzy backs Brazil

    France v Brazil (20:00 GMT)

    Brazil are still a great team "no matter what" despite their World Cup disaster, says France captain-for-the-night Karim Benzema.

    "After the World Cup, Brazil have recovered," adds the Real Madrid man.

    "They have been scoring freely and have not conceded much. There is no favourite for this game."

  93. Post update

    France v Brazil (20:00 GMT)

    France v Brazil

    Uefa's David Crossan: Have rarely seen queues this long ahead of doors to Stade de France being thrown open.

  94. France unbeaten since World Cup

    France v Brazil (20:00 GMT)

    France v Germany

    Of course, Germany also proved to be France's nemesis on Brazilian soil last summer.

    Les Bleus coasted through the group phase, cruised past Nigeria in the second round - then produced a limp display against the Germans in the quarter-finals.

    But since that 1-0 defeat, the Euro 2016 hosts have not been beaten. Didier Deschamps' men are looking to continue their fine run following wins against Spain, Portugal and Sweden.

  95. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Pick one France/Brazil star for your team

    Thiago: Ronaldinho and henry, those two were gods of their country

    Dean MUFC Ellis: roberto carlos and Zidane. Carlos was a amazing left back and could score amazing goals. Zidane was just a god.

    James Layhe: Lucio. Great leader and could play with the ball at his feet. Performed at every level. Great footballer.

    Thomas Albert Webb: Zidane and Ronaldo, because both could change a game in an instant! And both could play and score with either foot!

    Lucio? Niche call.

    Send us your views via #bbcfootball, on the BBC Sport Facebook page or BBC Sport Google+ - or via text on 81111 (UK only).

  96. Get involved #bbcfootball

    Pick one France/Brazil star for your team

    Daniel Farren: Zidane was an artist at work during games, and so natural, he made look easy what other players couldn't do in their dreams.

    Daithi O'Laoghaire: Roberto Carlos for THAT goal! Even now, almost 20 years on I can't stop watching it! For France? King Eric!

    Send us your views via #bbcfootball, on the BBC Sport Facebook page or via text on 81111 (UK only).

  97. Brazil's road to recovery

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    Germany players celebrate while David Luiz looks on

    Cast your minds back to the summer. Go on, it is not that long ago.

    Because the 2014 World Cup is probably the last time that most of you watched these teams in action.

    And it is unlikely that you will ever forget Brazil's exit. The Selecao suffered a humiliating 7-1 semi-final defeat by Germany in the World Cup semi-final, but have begun to rebuild under new manager Dunga.

    The five-time World Cup winners have since won six friendly matches, scoring 14 goals and conceding only one.

  98. When two nations collide

    France v Brazil (20:00 GMT)

    France v Brazil
  99. Get involved

    #bbcfootball

    Pick up your mobile, fire up your laptop, come to the office and see us if you want - it is time for you to have your say. (Don't really come to the office - the burly security guard won't be happy).

    Pele. Zidane. Ronaldo. Platini. Er, Roque Junior... Many stellar names, including these four fellas below, have pulled on a Les Bleus or Selecao shirt over the years.

    So pretend you're stood in the local park with every single France and Brazil player throughout history stood in front of you. You have got first pick. Who would go for and why?

    Send us your views via #bbcfootball, on the BBC Sport Facebook page or BBC Google+ - or via text on 81111 (UK only).

  100. Post update

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    Patrick Vieira

    Former France midfielder Patrick Vieira: After lunch with my former teammates. So nice to catch up before #FRAvBRA! #AllezlesBleus

  101. Team news - Brazil

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    However, there are a few names scrawled down on the Brazil teamsheet which aren't as instantly recognisable. I mean, doesn't Danilo make calendars? Neymar captains the side, with Chelsea trio Filipe Luis, Oscar and Willian all starting.

    Brazil XI: Jefferson, Danilo, Miranda, Filipe Luis, Elias, Neymar, Oscar, Thiago Silva, Luiz Gustavo, Firmino, Willian.

  102. Team news - France

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    Some familiar names in the France starting XI tonight. Premier League players Bacary Sagna, Mamadou Sakho, Morgan Schneiderlin and Moussa Sissoko all play from the off.

    France XI: Mandanda, Sagna, Varane, Sakho, Evra, Matuidi, Schneiderlin, Sissoko, Griezmann, Benzema, Valbuena.

  103. Post update

    France v Brazil (20:00 GMT)

    Bonjour mes amis! Thought you were facing a football-less day? Think again.

    Start with France, add Brazil, then throw in a healthy dose of history - and we have one tasty recipe sat, begging to be consumed, in front of our eyes.

    Of course, it isn't a World Cup match. It isn't a Confederations Cup game. It isn't even Le Tournoi. Nevertheless, this Paris friendly will be worth skipping Eastenders or Masterchef for....

  104. Post update

    Pele's arrival as a global superstar at the 1958 World Cup.

    Pele

    Roberto Carlos scoring that free-kick at Le Tournoi in 1997.

    Roberto Carlos

    Zinedine Zidane leading France to their first World Cup at the 1998 tournament.

    Zinedine Zidane

    France v Brazil. Something magical always happens. Even in mid-season friendlies...