Neymar, Oscar help Brazil to high-profile friendly win at France
Playing in the same stadium where they staged the World Cup final 17 years ago, Brazil wound up with a different result against France.
Far from avenging the 3-0 result in 1998, Brazil took a 3-1 win at Stade de France in a high-profile friendly on Thursday. Neymar, Oscar and Luis Gustavo scored goals for Brazil, leading the Selecão to a come-from-behind victory after Raphael Varane had given France the lead early on.
Neymar's goal, his 43rd career international strike, was the eventual game-winner, with the Barcelona star finishing off a pass from Willian after a run down the left channel in the 57th minute.
Neymar trails Zico by five goals for fourth all-time in Brazil's history. Pele holds the national record with 77 goals.
Oscar had equalized for Brazil in the 40th after a combination with Roberto Firmino. The latter nutmegged a French defender with his pass, and Oscar finished with ease inside the box.
Luis Gustavo finished off Brazil's scoring with a header off a corner kick in the 69th minute. Varane had scored for the second time in as many international games in the 21st minute in a similar fashion, powering home Mathieu Valbuena's corner kick.
France, which as Euro 2016 host has to schedule friendlies on FIFA dates as opposed to playing qualifying matches, had nearly gone ahead even earlier, but Brazil goalkeeper Jefferson denied Karim Benzema from a point-blank header with a tremendous diving save.
Since being ousted from the World Cup semifinals by Germany in astonishing fashion and losing a consolation game to the Netherlands to wrap up its time as World Cup host, Brazil has won seven straight matches. The Selecão return to action Sunday against South American rival Chile in a rematch of the World Cup round of 16, which Brazil won on penalties.