France 1 – 3 Brazil
Young Brazilians Run the Show in Style
Despite being stated as a friendly on the papers, it habitually generates exhilarating puffs when both this giants collide. The home side started brightly, where in the 6th minute Karim Benzema was left unmarked and his tame header was saved by Jefferson in goal. Then the deadlock was broke by his club-mate Varane with a towering header from a dangerous corner kick by Valbuena. Chelsea attacker Oscar unlocked the French defense from a quick one-two with Firmino and lashed a grounder into the back of the net.
The Samba Boys’ rising star, Neymar rifled a thunderous strike from his left foot after being astutely released by Willian, who skipped through challenges from midfield. The visitors were completely dominating the attack while France could only hold possession yet nothing rewarding worked out. Luiz Gustavo then placed the icing on the cake in the 68th minute with a composed header. Yet it was awful defending by the team in blue. Dunga would be a very pleased man as his young power-pack squad in on an unbeaten run since he took charge of Brazil in July. Neymar has notched eight goals out of the last seven games.
Bahrain 0 – 6 Colombia
El Tigre Reminds the World of His Class
Radamel Falcao isn’t having a fine debut-season in the Premier League, vastly criticized for lacking his old predatory finishes as he has only scored four in the league for United. Colombia trashed Bahrain in an away friendly, where the former Atletico Madrid forward bagged a fabulous brace and contributed an assist. His both strikes on goal was touch of brilliance, what he is known for, therefore the morale-boosting performance could tempt Louis Van Gaal to call him back to the first team action. Overall, Bahrain squad was like misfit puzzles that got the visitors firing from all cylinders.
Iran 2 – 0 Chile
Starless Chilean Stumble
The final score got football fans raising their eyebrows as the Iranians sealed a comfortable victory over Chile. With a friendly match against Brazil at the Emirates Stadium in three days, Chile manager Jorge Sampaoli rested numerous key players such as Arturo Vidal as well as fantasy premier league starlet Alexis Sanchez, yet he featured minimally in the second half but could not work wonders. Unmarked captain Javad Nekounam got the home crowd into full voices in the 21st minute with a close range strike and a swift counter attack in the second half saw Vahid Amiri slotting pass a lethargic Chilean backline.
Germany 2 – 2 Australia
Unlucky Aussies & Fizzling Germans
The World Cup Champions were held to a frustrating 2-2 at home by the Socceroos. Majority of the 47106 attendees were uninspired with the play of the home team despite being a friendly. Australians were ambitious and forceful since the start of the match, series of attacks, particularly along the left flank. Borussia Dortmund talisman Marco Reus opened the scoring with a fine touch in the penalty box, following a beautiful cross by Khedira. Shockingly five minutes later, he missed an absolute sitter. The visitors bravely pulled one back with a superb header by James Troisi. An individual brilliance from Crystal Palace midfielder, Mile Jedinak got the team in yellow upfront. A splendid free-kick that got Zieler no chance of saving! In the 81th minute, out-of-favour winger Podolski came off the bench to rescue his side from falling into a defeat with a clinical finish in front a crammed goal post.
Denmark 3 – 2 United States
Scotland 1 – 0 Northern Ireland
Ivory Coast 2 – 0 Angola
Oman 6 – 0 Malaysia
Qatar 1 – 0 Algeria
Thailand 2 – 0 Singapore
Jordan 0 – 1 Syria
Indonesia 0 – 1 Cameroon