Brazil 6-0 Australia: Jô brace helps Seleção hammer Socceroos
Jô struck twice to help Brazil claim a comprehensive 6-0 victory over Australia at Brasilia’s Mané Garrincha Stadium on Saturday.
The former Manchester City man netted with two first half strikes and Neymar notched his 25th international goal to help Brazil celebrate their Independence Day in style, before Ramires, Alexandre Pato and Luiz Gustavo secured the win.
Luiz Felipe Scolari was without Dani Alves and Hulk for the game but still managed to name a strong starting line-up, with Jô leading the attack.
And the Atlético Mineiro man put the hosts ahead inside eight minutes, as he volleyed into an empty net after Bernard hit the post from a great Neymar cross.
Brazil continued to dominate the early exchanges and found the net again in the 15th minute, after a ball across the face of goal from Jô, but Ramires was wrongly ruled offside as he tucked the ball away.
Neymar delighted the sparse crowd with a fantastic run into the box in the 23rd minute, beating four Socceroos players, but the forward lifted his shot over Mark Schwarzer’s crossbar at the crucial moment.
Schwarzer, who now plys his trade at Chelsea, made a strong save to deny Tottenham new-boy Paulinho at the near post in the 28th minute.
However, the veteran goalkeeper was unable to prevent Jô from claiming his and Brazil’s second goal of the night in the 34th minute.
Paulinho regained possession with a brilliant challenge and played the ball down the right for Bernard, who crossed for his former Mineiro team-mate to thump home from close range.
Neymar added to the Seleção’s tally two minutes later when he confidently poked the ball past the static 'keeper, following a through ball from Ramires, to give Brazil a comfortable lead at half-time.
Thiago Silva headed in from a corner shortly after the restart but the referee had already blown his whistle as the PSG defender was adjudged to have pushed Ryan McGowan in the build-up.
Maxwell, who had replaced the injured Real Madrid left-back Marcelo for the second half, set up the fourth goal of the night with a cross to the far post for Ramires to powerfully head home in the 58th minute.
The Chelsea midfielder hit the post with a powerful strike from outside the box a few moments later as the Seleção continued to dominate.
Pato replaced Jô in the 67th minute and immediately got his name on the score sheet when he flicked the ball past Schwarzer at the near post, following some great play from Hernanes and Neymar.
And Luiz Gustavo grabbed the goal of the game in the 84th minute after he played a neat one-two with Neymar and rifled a left-footed strike into the top left corner for his first international goal.
Brazil continued to threaten during the final stages but were unable to find a seventh before the referee put Australia out of their misery with the final whistle.