Highlights: Brazil 1-0 Chile - Roberto Firmino brilliance redeems Selecao; horrific stamp on Neymar goes unpunished
Brazil 1-0 Chile: Match Report and Highlights
Dunga’s Brazil marched to their eight win on the trot – against Chile in a friendly match at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium – courtesy a solitary moment of magic from second-half substitute Roberto Firmino.
In a match which grew overly physical at times, neither side were able to piece together too many attacking moves of substance, despite individual moments of brilliance from the respective talismans Neymar and Alexis Sanchez.
The most controversial moment of the match was when Chile’s Gary Medel escaped a red card for stamping on Neymar’s calf, an incident which eluded referee Martin Atkinson.
Hoffenheim’s Roberto Firmino was introduced into the fray in place of the ineffective Luiz Adriano on the hour-mark, the move which paid dividends for coach Dunga in what turned out to be a game of narrow margins.
In the 72nd minute, slightly against the run of play, Firmino pounced on a through ball, coolly sidestepped the onrushing goalkeeper, and slotted home without fuss.
Brazil 1-0 Chile: Firmino (72’)
The 20th minute incident where Medel left his foot a while longer than necessary on the back of Neymar’s calf: