With the World Cup to start in less than 90 days, Russia is already setting the stage by hosting Brazil in an international friendly match to give a glimpse to the outside world of how’s the preparation going on. As always, Brazil will start this World Cup as the favourites and why wouldn’t it be? The five times World Cup champions would try to undo their fate in this world cup after being thrashed by Germany 7-1 in their home soil, who then went on lifting the trophy in Rio De Janerio. For the host nation, they didn’t have to do much to qualify in the World Cup but would try to wipe off their shame in the hands of Portuguese in Euro 2016 and in the hands of Mexicans in Confederations Cup with the World Cup trophy. However, the Selecao will be without their star player Neymar Jr who picked up an injury last month and is expected to be back on the team as the World Cup starts. Brazil will get to live the ambiance of the Luzhniki Stadium, which will host this World Cup’s final so there are plenty of actions to be seen in this game. Russia from the start would like to prove their mettle in this game and Brazil would look for a victory to start off the World Cup in style.
The preview of this match is listed below.
When and where?
This match is to be played at Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia. The ground has a capacity of 81, 000 and it is expected to snow showers in Moscow which would only add to the excitement of this game. Brazil has to adapt to the climate because in Russia, it’s always snowy. The clash will take place at 9:30 PM (IST) on March 23, 2018 and this match will be available to watch on Sony LIV app.
Russia won – 0
Brazil won – 3
Not decided – 2
Russia – W D W D L D
Brazil – W D D W W D
Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev, Vladimir Gabulov, Andrey Lunev, Aleksandr Selikhov
Defenders: Vladimir Granat, Fyodor Kudryashov, Yuri Zhirkov, Igor Smolnikov, Vladislav Ignatyev, Dmitri Kombarov, Ilya Kutepov, Roman Neustadter, Konstantin Rausch, Andrei Semyonov
Midfielders: Denis Glushakov, Roman Zobnin, Aleksandr Samedov, Aleksandr Golovin, Alan Dzagoev, Aleksandr Yerokhin, Daler Kuzyayev, Anton Miranchuk, Denis Cheryshev, Anton Shvets
Forwards: Anton Zabolotny, Aleksei Miranchuk, Fyodor Smolov
Goalkeepers: Alission, Ederson, Neto.
Defenders: Dani Alves, Marcelo, Fagner, Pedro Geromel, Marquinhos, Miranda, Rodrigo Caio, Thiago Silva
Midfielders: Casemiro, Fernandinho, Fred, Paulinho, Coutinho, Renato Augusto, Anderson Talisca, Willian.
Forwards: Douglas Costa, Roberto Firmino, Gabriel Jesus, Taison, Willian Jose
Russia – Akinfeev (GK), Kombarov, Kudryashov, Neustadter, Kutepov, Smolnikov, Samedov, Glushakov Kuzyaev, Miranchuk, Smolov
Brazil – Alisson (GK), Marcelo, Marquinhos, Miranda, Alves, Paulinho, Casemiro, Willian, Costa, Coutinho, Gabriel
So here we are, counting every moment as it passes by for the FIFA World Cup to start and in the international friendly match, the host nation is taking on the five times World Cup champions. This game would be more of a display of talent that both the teams bring on the table. Brazil is expected to dominate the game from the start and would go for all the necessary changes and squad rotation they would want to make in this game.
THIS RUS VS BRA MATCH PREVIEW IS BASED ON OUR RESEARCH AND UNDERSTANDING FROM VARIOUS NEWS SOURCES. YOU CAN SELECT YOUR OWN PLAYING 11 ON THE BASIS OF TEAM NEWS.