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Socceroos comfortably beaten by Brazil in final pre-Confederations Cup outing

  • Diego Souza bags two goals in front of nearly 50,000 in Melbourne
  • Seleção too strong for Ange Postecoglou’s Russia-bound side

Brazil defeated Ange Postecoglou’s listless and uninspired Socceroos 4-0 in Melbourne, though things might have gone even worse for Australia after an embarrassing gaffe from defender Bailey Wright allowed the visitors to score just 12 seconds into their MCG friendly.

The preamble hadn’t set pulses racing, and only when Brazil threatened to make a rout of it in the closing stages did 48,847 Melburnians get involved. In the lead-up to this encounter Brazilian coach Tite made more changes to his line-up than Mark E Smith. Eight of his starting XI from Friday night’s friendly against Argentina made way for lower profile squad members, with Thiago Silva, Philippe Coutinho and Paulinho the only survivors from that side.

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