THREE & EASY
- Who are the three uncapped players blooded by Dunga against Turkey?
Forward Luiz Adriano (above), 27, was the top scorer in last season’s Ukrainian league and has featured for Shakhtar Donetsk regularly in the Champions League, as did his clubmate and fellow debutant, 24-year-old Douglas Costa.
Roberto Firmino, who also made his Selecao bow yesterday, is reportedly on the books of EPL giants Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool.
Yesterday’s maiden appearance in the blue and yellow capped a memorable year for the 23-yearold Hoffenheim midfielder (inset), who racked up 16 goals and 12 assists in last season’s Bundesliga.
- Why is yesterday’s win significant for Dunga’s new-look Brazil?
In Brazil’s final two matches under Luiz Felipe Scolari, Brazil conceded 10 goals. Since Dunga took over, they have conceded none in five matches, albeit friendlies.
Under Dunga, Brazil had pipped Colombia and Ecuador 1-0, beaten Argentina 2-0 and thrashed Japan and Turkey 4-0. They will be hoping to make it six out of six in their next friendly against Austria next Wednesday (Singapore time).
- How many goals has Neymar scored for Brazil since the World Cup?
It’s now seven goals in five games for the Brazil skipper, six of which came in the last two matches.
Following his four-goal showing against Japan at Singapore’s National Stadium last month, the Barcelona forward, who is the second leading scorer in La Liga with nine strikes behind Cristiano Ronaldo (18), followed it up with a brace against Turkey.