Since crashing out of the World Cup in the summer, Brazil have had a perfect record, winning eight out of eight matches. Two of those victories came in the current international break, meaning that they once again retain the ABC World Cup.
Since beating Argentina in October to claim the made up trophy, Dunga’s team have been unstoppable, and have now held it for five successive games.
On Thursday evening, the South American side beat France 3-1 despite going behind. Raphael Varane powerfully headed in Mathieu Valbuena’s left-wing corner to put the hosts ahead. But Oscar equalised when he linked up with Roberto Firmino and poked the ball past France goalkeeper Steve Mandanda. Neymar made it 2-1 as he collected Willian’s pass and shot past Mandanda before Luiz Gustavo headed in a third.
Then on Sunday afternoon, in front of an expectant Emirates Stadium crowd, the Selecao just about beat Chile 1-0. The match wasn’t pretty (seven yellow cards were handed out), and Brazil didn’t dominate but Roberto Firmino coolly rounded Claudio Bravo to score the game’s only goal in the 72nd minute.
At least the next three of Brazil’s next matches will be against other South America sides, as their next internationals come in the Copa America. They are in Group C along with Peru, Colombia and Venezuela. Can any of them win the ABC World Cup?
I’ll do an update after the tournament, or maybe even during, depending on whether Brazil have been beaten. With lots of matches in a condensed period, there is an opportunity for the trophy to potentially change hands multiple times.
So to finish off, here’s a record of the ABC World Cup so far…
Read about the ABC World Cup series so far here.