LONDON (Sporting Alert) — After surrendering a 2-0 lead and were held by Italy last week, Brazil will seek to address some of those problems when they take on Russia in a friendly international at Stamford Bridge on Monday.
Date: Monday 25th March
Kick-off: 3.30 pm ET
Location: Stamford Bridge
On Thursday night Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side jumped out to a 2-0 lead when forward Fred fired home from a tight angle and Chelsea midfielder Oscar finished well from a Neymar pass.
However, things went all wrong for the South American giants in the second half after they were put under enormous pressure by Euro 2012 finalists Italy, who pulled the goals back through Daniele De Rossi and Mario Balotelli.
Star forward Neymar, despite making a brilliant run in his assist to Oscar, struggled to make an impact on the game, especially in the second half and will be hoping to silence his critics with a standout performance against the Russians, which lead Group E of the Europe qualifying zone.
Fabio Capello and Russia meanwhile, are desperate for action after their World Cup qualifier against Northern Ireland was twice postponed last week because of a snow storm and are expected to come out firing against the Samba Boys from the opening whistle.
Former Chelsea manager and current Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho will attend that game.
Mourinho and Capello have both been linked with a move to manger Chelsea at the end of the season.