After a shocking 2-0 defeat to Iran on Thursday, Chile face an even tougher test when they meet Brazil Sunday afternoon at Emirates Stadium in London. Brazil, winners over France in a highly competitive friendly on Thursday, is looking to extend its seven-match winning streak since the brutal fourth-place finish at the 2014 World Cup.
The friendly is also a rematch of the highly entertaining Round-of-16 match from the World Cup, in which Brazil advanced to the quarterfinals on penalty kicks. The Brazilians have been on a tear since new manager Dunga took over for Luiz Felipe Scolari after the World Cup. The latest win was an impressive 3-1 victory over France in Paris. Dunga’s side went down early but battled back with goals from Oscar, Neymar and Luiz Gustavo to earn the win. It was perhaps Brazil’s best win under Dunga’s new stewardship since a 2-0 win against Argentina in October.
Neymar has been in especially impressive form, scoring eight goals in his last seven international matches. Dunga has moved the team away from using a traditional goal-poaching forward, and the move has paid dividends with Neymar, Willian, Oscar and Roberto Firmino leading the attack as a more free-flowing foursome. It appears the side has found its form and a style that fits its personnel. Yet Dunga, in his second stint as Brazil’s manager, knows the pressures on his side well.
"It's always good to win," Dunga told reporters."But winning is the only option for us and we need to be able to handle that pressure."
Chile, on the other hand, is not in its best form. The South American side did rest many of its best players for the match in Austria, but it was still a disappointing result. They’ll look to earn a bit of revenge and get back on track against the Brazilians after the tight World Cup loss denied them a trip to the quarterfinals.
Chile was also knocked out of the 2010 World Cup in the Round of 16 by a Dunga-led Brazil squad that eventually suffered a disappointing quarterfinal loss. The Chileans haven’t beaten Brazil in 13 matches.
Time: 10 a.m. ET
TV Channel: beIN Sports 1 (US) ITV (UK)
Prediction: Brazil over Chile, 3-1