Brazil will host Australia in a friendly international match. Brazil hasn’t been participating in the CONEMBOL World Cup qualifying since they automatically get a bid to the World Cup as the host nation.
It is only their second international game since winning the Confederations Cup at the end of June. They lost to Switzerland 1-0 in a friendly in mid-August. In all fairness the goal was an own goal from Brazil’s Dani Alves.
The Brazilian squad isn’t taking Australia lightly though and using it as a true warm-up for the World Cup.
“We have to make the most of these friendlies,” Chelsea star David Luiz said. “For me, playing against Australia is the same as playing against Argentina. We have to take on all our opponents the same way. It will be the same next year during the World Cup.”
This could be crucial for a complacent Brazil squad coming off a competition with no real competiton ahead of the World Cup thanks to their automatic bid.