International friendlies • Regular
  • 2nd Half
  • Russia
  • Brazil
  • MirandaGeromel
  • ZobninErokhin
  • AlvesFagner
  • SamedovSmolnikov
  • WillianTaison
  • CoutinhoFred
  • KombarovZhirkov
  • SmolovZabolotny
  • PaulinhoAugusto
  • Paulinho
  • JesusFirmino
  • GlushakovMiranchuk
  • Coutinho (P)
  • MiranchukDzagoev
  • Miranda

Russia - Brazil
International friendlies - 23 March 2018

International friendlies – Follow the Football match between Russia and Brazil live with Eurosport. The match starts at 16:00 on 23 March 2018. Our live coverage lets you follow all the key moments as they happen.
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PEEEP PEEEEP PEEEP Full-time: Russia 0-3 Brazil.

That will do for Brazil. A close-range Miranda finish, a Coutinho penalty and a header from Paulinho sealed a comfortable win for the Neymar-less South Americans, who will hope to be back in the Luzhnicki on July 15 for the World Cup final.

Worries for the Russians though and their warm-up matches don't get any easier, with France up next.


Sub Dzagoev takes the freekick himself but bends it wide of the far post. No real concern for Alisson, who is on the way to another clean sheet for the Selecao.


This game has really winded down and the flow has not been helped by a flurry of subs for both sides.

Brazil's latest change sees Pedro Geromel on for goalscorer Miranda. Meanwhile, Dzagoev wins a freekick for Russia right on the egde of the box. An opportunity for late cheer for the hosts...


Changes galore now, as Tyson replaces Coutinho and Corinthians right-back Fagner comes on for Alves.


Smolnikov replaces Samedov, while Fred is on for Willian.


Kombarov replaced by Yuri Khirkov, a player Premier League fans should recognise. Dzagoev and Anton Miranchuk have also come on in the last few minutes.


GOOOOAAAAALLLLLL! Russia 0-3 Brazil!

Having missed a sitter earlier, Paulinho now scores one! The credit has to go to Willian, who burst to the byline and dinked a perfect cross over to Paulinho to gratefully head into an empty net.

A goal and an assist for the Barcelona midfielder now.


Liverpool's Firmino on for City's Jesus in Brazil's first chance.


I should mention that moments before Paulinho won the penalty and Coutinho scored it, the pair were involved in a great chance that will have raised a smile among Spurs fans.

Coutinho burst into the box and squared for Paulinho, only for the former Tottenham midfielder to comically spoon the ball straight at Akinfeev when it was easier to score.

Safe to say he made amends a few moments later, though.


GOOOOAAAAL! Russia 0-2 Brazil!

A nerveless penalty from Coutinho, who sends Akinfeev the wrong way with a sidefoot finish. Brazil have turned up the heat at the start of the second half.



Golovin tugs down Paulinho in the box and Coutinho has the chance to double Brazil's lead.





Ahh, what was I saying about Akinfeev? Brazil take a deserved lead when Miranda bundles in at the back post after the goalkeeper had spilled Thiago Silva's header at his feet.

My TV commentator described it as a 'good save' by the Russia captain but he really should have pushed the ball further from danger when Silva connected with Willian's cross.


Igor Akinfeev is getting better with each save...although I'm not sure how much the Russia captain knew about that one.

Willian's whipped cross ricochets off a defender and strikes Akinfeev in the head from point blank range.


The general impression - from looking elsewhere on t'internet - is that the first half was very dreary. Have I been so starved of football by the international break that I found a bad game engaging? Or is everyone else being overly pessimistic?

I saw chances for each team, some moments of quality, some bad mistakes and some robust tackling...I've certainly seen worse halves, anyway!


The toughest save yet for Akinfeev but, not for the first time, Brazil shoot way too close to the goalkeeper.

This time it's Paulinho, who perfectly times his run onto Willian's pass after a quick counterattack. But the Barcelona man's sidefoot is saved by the legs of Akinfeev.


We're back underway at the Luzhniki!


Peeep peeeep!

Honours even at the end of an intriguing first half. Brazil were dominant in the early stages, forcing Akinfeev into a number of comfortable saves, but Russia came back into the game and Miranchuk wasted a glorious opportunity.

Everything to play for.


Miranchuk unleashes a left footed effort from a full 35 yards, which flies well wide. You need something very, very special to beat Alisson from there, mate.


There's a few paper planes flying onto the Luzhniki turf which, coupled with the Mexican waves, suggests the crowd aren't particularly entertained.

They must have very high standards in this part of the world because this has been an engaging friendly with plenty of chances at both ends.


Another big chance for Russia, who can definitely claim to have had the best openings so far.

Miranchuk plays a one-two with Smolov, and finds himself six yards out with only Alisson to beat. But under pressure from a Brazilian defender he spoons his shot over the bar!


If Zobnin connects properly with that, it's one of the great friendly goals! Russia break with purpose and pace, and a cheeky backheel on the egde of the box sends the ball looping into the path of the Spartak man.

Zobnin races onto the dropping ball but he shanks his volley wide, much to the Luzhniki's disappointment.


Probably the best chance of the match and it's for the hosts.

Alisson is forced to parry Samedov's stinging effort over the bar following a dangerous Russian break. Dani Alves had carelessly lost the ball upfield for Brazil, who suddenly looked vulnerable at the back.

The Russian corner comes to nothing but that's woken up the home fans, who had already started some tentative Mexican waves.


Yet another easy save for Akinfeev, this time from Willian's shot. The Chelsea man found himself in acres of space on the right of the area but his effort lacked conviction.

At the other end, there's a first shot on target for Russia but Alisson is behind it. How long can Russia hold out?


The noise levels in the Luzhniki rise by three or four decibels as the hosts put together a period of possession in Brazil's half.

The left-footed Golovin at the heart of Russia's attempts to break through but Brazil's defence is well protected by Paulinho and Casemiro.


Willian drives inside from the left flank and unleashes a low effort towards goal. It's definitely on target but blocked by Jesus, who is lingering around the edge of the six-yard box, much to Russia's relief.

Moments later, there's another routine gather for Akinfeev from Coutinho's hopeful effort. It's all Brazil.


Russia win a second corner of the match after some sloppy play by Coutinho in the centre of the park.

Samedov's delivery evades everyone and Brazil eventually clear.


Brazil are starting to click through the gears and Akinfeev is forced into two saves in as many minutes from Jesus.

First Coutinho's freekick is headed straight at the goalkeeper after Golovin had tripped Alves, and then the City forward flicks another header straight into the 31-year-old's arms.

That's turning into a tasty head-to-head, with Akinfeev just about on top so far.


Jesus has receieved treatment on the pitch and he hobbles off a little gingerly for some more on the touchline. It doesn't look like a serious problem, though.


This will worry Man City supporters.

Gabriel Jesus is down and clutching his ankle after a robust challenge. The forward appeared to land awkwardly and he signalled to the bench immediately.


Dani Alves sees his name in lights but nearly hits the floodflights with a hopeful effort that flies well over the bar.


The early possession is all with Brazil, who have taken no time to settle in the Luzhniki. They should really lead through Jesus, who took down Alves' pass so well but shot too close to Akinfeev.


A early - and excellent - chance for Gabriel Jesus to make his mark. The Manchester City man collects Alves' dinked pass on his knee and forces Akinfeev into a sharp save.

The Russian defence was static there, expecting an offside flag which never came.


Here we go! Brazil do a quick prematch huddle and get us underway!

There's two goalkeeper captains tonight by the way, with in-form Alisson and Akinfeev wearing the armbands.


Anthems underway

The teams are out and the anthems are underway at the Luzhniki, where it looks fairly chilly. There's a few Brazilians in gloves. None of that nonsense from the Russians, of course.


A World Cup warmup match is also an opportunity for us to peruse the newly-released kits ahead of the tournament.

Brazil will be debuting this blue away kit tonight. Whaddaya reckon?


New-look Luzhniki

The teams are christening a redesigned but relatively familiar Luzhniki, which has previously hosted Champions League finals.

Russia head coach Stanislav Cherchesov is convinced that the new ground is ready for July's final.

"[The Luzhniki has] the same atmosphere, just some new details and updates. Everything is good. It’s the best pitch we can have at this time of year.”


Luzhniki warmup

This afternoon's match is both an opportunity for the teams to see where they are and for the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow - which will host the World Cup final - to see where it's at.

It'll be useful preparation for Brazil on the atmosphere and conditions in June and July, you imagine.


CSKA stars key to Russia

Alas! The heyday of Arshavin, Pavlyuchenko, Smertin and Co. are over and there are no Premier League players in the Russia squad.

Igor Akinfeev, the 31-year-old goalkeeper, should be a familiar name though. The captain has won over 100 international caps, while another CSKA Moscow player, Aleksandr Golovin, is the one to watch.

Arsenal fans take note. The talented playmaker will be hoping to engineer an upset tonight and against the Gunners in the Europa League quarterfinal.

Russia XI: Akinfeev, Kutepov, Kudrjasov, Granat, Samedov, Glushakov, Kombarov, Golovin, Zobnin, A.Miranchuk, Smolov


Jesus leads the line

Tite's Brazil may be Neymar-less but the coach has picked a strong XI packed with star quality.

In the absence of the PSG star, Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus is given another chance to impress as the central striker. He's one of four starters to have played in the Premier League, with Philippe Coutinho, Willian and Spurs legend Paulinho.

Brazil XI: Alisson, Alves, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo, Paulinho, Casemiro, Coutinho, Willian, Jesus, Douglas Costa.


Good afternoon.

The World Cup hosts meet the competition's most successful team in the venue of this summer's final.

There's certainly no shortage of intrigue to this friendly. Stick with us for all the buildup and all the action.