As the Brazilian and Chilean squad travelled to Toronto for the Gillette International Soccer Series match, the Rogers Center braced itself for a showdown between two star-studded and inform teams.
Neymar and Co. made their first appearance in Canada since 1994, and looked to continue their impressive preparations to the World Cup this summer. Chile were coming off a spectacular 2-0 win over England just days before the game.
Despite little to no significance to the match, both line ups boasted some of the world's best players to entertain the 38,514 attendees in Toronto. With the likes of Neymar, Oscar, Hulk, Thiago Silva and David Luiz, among others in the starting 11 for Brazil, and Chile's main man Alexis Sanchez leading the Chilean line-up.
Hulk put Brazil up early on with a cool left-footed finish past the helpless Julio Cesar, which was the only goal of the first 45minutes.
Eduardo Vargas scored what would be Chile's only goal of the night shortly after the interval. Brazil reacted by upping the tempo, and substitute Robinho headed home a second goal in the 80th minute to cap off an unbelievable run of play from the Brazilians.
Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari spoke after the match about the reception from the Rogers Center, and the overall performance:
"I don't think there were any Canadians, I saw Chileans and Brazilians," Scolari joked, then added: "Probably there was a lot of Canadians there and we received in our hearts the love that they provided to us."
"They played very well, you could see that we created several opportunities for goals. We didn't have more than two goals, but we had seven or eight opportunities, and I think that we played well."
Chilean head coach also praised his team after the match, stating that they proved themselves against one of the best teams on the planet: "What I take from this game is the courage, the willingness, the desire that our team showed, to play head-to-head with one of the best teams in the world. . . on a field that wasn't in the best conditions.
"We were playing against a team whose subs, if you look at the names, are some of the top players in the world."
Despite what the scoreline may suggest, Brazil seemed to have complete control over the match, with a plentiful amount of opportunities to add to the scoreline.
The five-time World Champions did not have a training session prior to the match, and so had to rely solely on the pre-match warm-up to get accustomed to the field and conditions.
Brazil however, did not completely outclass Chile. "La Roja" had a few chances of their own, and when Juventus star Vidal returns to the lineup, Chile will be a force to be reckoned with in the upcoming World Cup.
"Canarinho" also have a few positives to take from the match. As mentioned before, Brazil had no training prior to the match, and had a few players on their injury list including star right-back, Dani Alves.
So what would happen when Brazil resume their training, and host the World Cup, on home soil. They have already proven themselves against Spain in the Confederations Cup, and if they keep up their current form, may just go all the way in Brazil 2014.
In conclusion, despite the match labelled as a seemingly pointless game, both teams still put in top class performances, and gave the football world one or two things to consider when making their picks for the teams to beat in the World Cup this summer.
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