Sweden 0-3 Brazil: The Seleção ease to victory against Sweden
After losing the Olympic Games final to Mexico last Saturday, the Seleção returned to the venue where they famously won their first World Cup in 1958.
Brazil thought they got themselves in front in the 18th minute when Neymar tapped in Oscar's rebounded shot, which had rattled off the post. However, the linesman raised his flag and ruled the goal offside.
Nevertheless, fourteen minutes on, Mano Menezes' troops took the lead through Leandro Damião, who headed in Neymar’s perfectly weighted cross from close range.
Sweden had a chance to level the scoring just before the break when Marcus Berg broke into the box, only for Gabriel to run off his line and deny the Hamburg forward with his feet.
After the half-time interval, Brazil dominated possession, but it took them until the 84th minute to double their lead when second-half substitute Alexandre Pato tapped in Dani Alves’ dink over Sweden goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson.
No less than two minutes later, Pato found the back of the net again, this time from the penalty spot after he was hacked down by Pontus Wernbloom just inside the box.
Brazil eventually saw out the game and they will now be looking forward to their next friendly against South Africa, which takes place on the 7th of September in São Paulo.
SWEDEN: Isaksson; Granqvist, Olsson, Safari e Larsson; Elm (Svensson), Wernbloom, Holmen, Berg (Hýsen); Wilhelmsson (Kacaniklic), Toivonen.
Coach: Erik Hamrén
BRAZIL: Gabriel; Daniel Alves, Thiago Silva, David Luiz (Dedé), Alex Sandro; Rômulo, Paulinho, Ramires; Neymar (Lucas), Oscar (Hulk), Leandro Damião (Alexandre Pato).
Coach: Mano Menezes