Chevrolet Brasil Global Tour, MCG Melbourne
Friday 9 June 2017 – Brasil 0 Argentina 1 (Mercado) Attendance: 95,569
“The Lionel Messi-led Argentina saw off their old rivals Brazil, winning 1-0 through a Gabriel Mercado goal just before the interval in front of more than 95,000 fans at the MCG in a quality friendly on Friday night.
“The build-up to this game suggested it would be an event, an elaborate two hours of sporting themed theatre rather than a game with any wider significance. But can a game between these two South American powerhouses ever be a friendly affair?
“No, this wasn’t a do-or-die meeting, and no-one was looking to get injured to make a point. But there was commitment and skin in the game, sufficient desire not to play second fiddle, to make it compelling.” – The Age Melbourne
Tuesday 13 June 2017 – Brasil 4 (Diego Souza 2, Thiago Silva, Taison) Socceroos 0 Attendance: 48,847
“The Socceroos’ road to Russia 2018 remains on track but they got a lesson in what it will take to make an impact at the World Cup, against the world’s best team.
“The clinical Philippe Countinho-led Brazil disposed of Australia 4-0 at the MCG, with Diego Souza netting a brace and Thiago Silva and Taison also scoring.” – The Herald Sun Melbourne