The current African Cup of Nations champions saw their 100% record in the 2023 AFCON qualifiers come to an end on Saturday and will look to return to winning ways.
Interim manager Ramon Menezes recorded his first win in charge of the Brazilian national team on Saturday as he watched his side thrash Guinea 4-1 at the RCDE Stadium.
Joelinton and Rodrygo scored in a three-minute spell to put the Selecao in a comfortable lead before Serhou Guirassy kept the Syli National in the game with a 36th-minute strike.
The second half was off to a bang as Real Madrid defender Eder Militao restored Brazil’s two-goal lead in the 47th minute before club teammate Vinicius Junior scored from the spot to cap off a super team performance.
This was only Mendes’s second game in charge of the nation, following a surprise 2-1 defeat against Morocco in a friendly matchup at the Grand Stade de Tanger on March 25
The former Brazil Under-20 coach has been temporarily tasked with guiding the star-studded Selecao side through a transitional period following the departure of veteran manager Tite back in December.
Tite stepped down from his role as the nation’s head coach after a six-year stint, following a disappointing run in the 2022 World Cup, where they suffered a quarter-final exit at the hands of Croatia.
Brazil, who are currently third in the latest FIFA World Rankings, have now won all but one of their last six international friendlies since June 2022, with March’s defeat at the hands of Morocco being the exception.
Preview: Brazil vs. Senegal – prediction, team news, lineups
Senegal, on the other hand, saw their 100% record in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers come to an end on Saturday as they were held to a somewhat disappointing 1-1 draw by Benin.
Having already secured qualification, Aliou Cisse’s men head into the game looking to make it five wins from five, but Rachid Moumini cancelled out Abdoulaye Seck’s first-half strike to force a share of the spoils.
They kicked off their quest for a place in Ivory Coast in June 2022, when they edged out Benin and Rwanda in their opening two qualifying games, before claiming back-to-back wins over Mozambique in last March’s group double-header.
Senegal, who hold a six-point lead at the top of Group L, are one of 10 sides to have already qualified for the continental tournament and will be looking to defend their title after their triumph in Cameroon last year.
Ahead of September’s group finale against Rwanda, the Lions of Teranga take on Brazil in a mouth-watering friendly as they look to pick up a third win in four games across all competitions.
Both sides met in a similar friendly matchup back in October 2019, when Roberto Firmino and Famara Diedhiou scored for either side to force a share of the spoils at the Singapore National Stadium.
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We say: Brazil 3-1 Senegal
While Brazil eased to a comfortable victory against Guinea, they should expect a more difficult challenge from an experienced and star-studded Senegal side. However, we expect the Selecao to have too much quality for the African champions and come out on top at the Estadio Jose Alvalade.