(Sporting Alert) — A strong Brazil lineup was picked by head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari for today’s friendly football international clash with Australia at Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha.
Heading the starting team for Brazil is Barcelona forward Neymar, who leads the attack alongside and Jô, who was impressive during the successful Confederation Cup at home in the summer.
Also starting today for the 2014 World Cup hosts are Maicon, who returns to the squad, while Chelsea defender David Luiz and PSG’s Thiago Silva head up the defence.
Ramires, Bernard and Paulinho all start as well.
Lucas Moura, Hulk, Pato, Hernanes, Dante and Fernando are all on the bench and are expected to feature at some point during the game.
Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer and fellow veteran, defender Lucas Neill are starters for Australia.
Defender Rhys Williams is among the substitutes.
Brazil v Australia Teams
Brazil team: 12 Júlio César, 3 Thiago Silva, 4 David Luiz, 6 Marcelo, 15 Maicon, 16 Ramires, 17 Luis Gustavo, 18 Paulinho, 20 Bernard, F 21 Jô, 10 Neymar.
Subs: Jefferson, Marcos Rocha, Dante, Maxwell, Henrique, Lucas Moura, Hulk, Pato, Hernanes Fernando.
Australia team: 1 Mark Schwarzer, 2 Lucas Neill, 6 Sasa Ognenovski, 17 Matt McKay, 22 Ryan McGowan, 10 Robbie Kruse, 11 Thomas Oar, 14 Brett Holman, 15 Mile Jedinak, 23 Mark Bresciano, 9 Joshua Kennedy.
Subs: 12 Mitchell Langerak, 18 Matthew Ryan, 5 Mark Milligan, 13 Rhys Williams, 19 Robert Cornthwaite, 16 James Holland, 20 Tomas Rogic, 7 Archie Thompson.
Referee: Enrique Cáceres