International Friendlies

Russia 0-3 Brazil

Philippe Coutinho
Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho scores Brazil's second goal from the penalty spot

Brazil scored three goals in 13 minutes to ease past World Cup hosts Russia in a friendly in Moscow.

After a goalless first half, Miranda opened the scoring at the Luzhniki Stadium, which will host seven matches at this summer's tournament including the final.

Philippe Coutinho scored a penalty for Brazil's second before Paulinho headed in a third from close range.

Five-time world champions Brazil are now unbeaten in eight games.

They showed no sign of missing Paris St-Germain forward Neymar, who faces a race against time to be fit for this summer's tournament after undergoing surgery on an injured right foot.

Brazil dominated the first half but it wasn't until after the break that they broke the deadlock, when Inter Milan defender Miranda slotted home a rebound after Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev made a good save.

Paulinho was pulled down in the penalty area by Aleksandr Golovin, with Barcelona team-mate Coutinho coolly scoring the spot-kick for his ninth international goal.

Midfielder Paulinho then found himself unmarked to head home Willian's cross.

Brazil's next friendly is against Germany on Tuesday in Berlin, while Russia face France in St Petersburg.



Formation 3-5-1-1

  • 1Akinfeev
  • 14Granat
  • 4Kutepov
  • 13Kudryashov
  • 19SamedovSubstituted forSmolnikovat 80'minutes
  • 47ZobninSubstituted forErokhinat 85'minutes
  • 8GlushakovSubstituted forAn Miranchukat 64'minutes
  • 17Golovin
  • 23KombarovSubstituted forZhirkovat 76'minutes
  • 15Al MiranchukSubstituted forDzagoevat 53'minutes
  • 11SmolovSubstituted forZabolotnyat 71'minutes


  • 3Neustädter
  • 5Semenov
  • 6Shvets
  • 10Dzagoev
  • 12Selikhov
  • 16An Miranchuk
  • 18Zhirkov
  • 21Erokhin
  • 24Zabolotny
  • 27Cheryshev
  • 28Smolnikov
  • 99Lunev


Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Alisson
  • 2Alves da SilvaSubstituted forFagnerat 83'minutes
  • 14Thiago Silva
  • 3MirandaSubstituted forGeromelat 86'minutes
  • 12Marcelo
  • 11CoutinhoSubstituted forFredat 79'minutes
  • 5Casemiro
  • 15PaulinhoSubstituted forRenato Augustoat 71'minutes
  • 19WillianSubstituted forTaisonat 79'minutes
  • 9Gabriel JesusSubstituted forFirminoat 65'minutes
  • 7Douglas Costa


  • 6dos Santos
  • 8Renato Augusto
  • 10Fred
  • 13Marquinhos
  • 17Fernandinho
  • 18Souza Conceição
  • 20Geromel
  • 21Firmino
  • 22Fagner
  • 23Ederson
  • 24Taison
  • 25Da Silva
Aleksei Kulbakov

Match Stats

Home TeamRussiaAway TeamBrazil
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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Russia 0, Brazil 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Russia 0, Brazil 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Roberto Firmino (Brazil) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Roberto Firmino (Brazil) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Renato Augusto.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alan Dzagoev (Russia) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Casemiro (Brazil).

  7. Post update

    Alan Dzagoev (Russia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Brazil. Geromel replaces Miranda.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Fagner (Brazil) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Fred.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Russia. Aleksandr Erokhin replaces Roman Zobnin.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Russia. Conceded by Thiago Silva.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Brazil. Fagner replaces Dani Alves.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Russia. Igor Smolnikov replaces Aleksandr Samedov.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Brazil. Taison replaces Willian.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Brazil. Fred replaces Philippe Coutinho.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Anton Zabolotny (Russia) header from very close range misses to the right.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Anton Miranchuk (Russia) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Russia. Yuri Zhirkov replaces Dmitri Kombarov.

  19. Post update

    Offside, Russia. Vladimir Granat tries a through ball, but Anton Zabolotny is caught offside.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Douglas Costa (Brazil).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

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