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Football international friendly: Brazil come from behind to down France

Paris: A fine finish from captain Neymar helped secure a come-from-behind 3-1 win for Brazil over France in a friendly in Paris on Thursday as they maintained their perfect record since the return as coach of Dunga.

Brazil’s Oscar celebrates scoring a goal against France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, Paris on Thursday. Pic/AFP
Brazil’s Oscar celebrates scoring a goal against France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, Paris on Thursday. Pic/AFP

Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane had headed the hosts in front on a cold night at a packed Stade de France, only for Oscar to equalise late in the first half.

Barcelona forward Neymar then controlled a Willian pass and lashed the ball high into the roof of the net from the left edge of the six-yard box in the 57th minute to put the visitors in front, and a Luiz Gustavo header secured the victory midway through the second period.

Brazil have now won seven consecutive friendly matches under Dunga following the heavy defeats to Germany and the Netherlands that saw their World Cup campaign on home soil last year end in such catastrophic fashion.

“In football you win and lose, but it’s always good to beat a team as strong as France,” said Dunga. “The team played well, but nothing was perfect. We still made mistakes that could have been avoided.”

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