Diego Souza scores brace as Brazil rout Australia
Australia 0 - 4 Brazil

Diego Souza scores brace as Brazil rout Australia

Diego Souza scored after just 11 seconds as Brazil beat Australia 4-0 in their friendly at the MCG.

The Recife midfielder was gifted his first international goal after Australia gave the ball away straight from their own kick-off.

Bristol City defender Bailey Wright was the fall guy when his attempted pass towards the left wing was intercepted by Giuliano.

He strode forward before slipping the ball into the path of Souza, who hit an angled drive which Australia keeper Mitch Langerak got a hand to but could not keep out.

It meant the 31-year-old Souza, only in the starting line-up following an injury to Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus, registered his first goal for his country on his sixth appearance - almost eight years after he won his first cap.

Souza grabbed his second in stoppage time after Thiago Silva and substitute Taison had also found the net.

Souza had the ball in the net again after half an hour following a clever pass from Chelsea's David Luiz, but the goal was ruled out for offside by former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg.

Brazil should have doubled their lead before half-time when Alex Sandro's cross was flicked on by Souza into the path of Paulinho.

The former Tottenham midfielder, now playing for Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande, was just eight yards out but scooped his shot high over the crossbar.

But Brazil, whose winning run under new boss Tite came to an end with Friday's defeat by Argentina, did get their second on the hour mark.

Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho, captaining his country for the first time, swung in a corner which Luiz headed against the crossbar and Thiago Silva swept in the loose ball.

Taison got on the scoresheet in the 75th minute, firing in off the post after good work from Paulinho and fellow sub Willian.

And Souza headed in Willian's corner with the last touch of the game to cap a routine Brazilian victory.

Betting on WORLD CUP 2018 QUALIFIERS? Bet365 are offering a 100% deposit bonus, up to £200 - find out more

Related news

Italy edges Israel to keep pressure on Spain

Italy edges Israel to keep pressure on Spain

Italy kept the pressure on Spain in the race for automatic World Cup qualification as Ciro Immobile scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Israel.

Alvaro Morata, Iago Aspas lead Spain to rout of Liechtenstein

Alvaro Morata, Iago Aspas lead Spain to rout of Liechtenstein

Alvaro Morata and substitute Iago Aspas each scored twice as Spain moved closer to the World Cup finals with an 8-0 win over Group G minnows Liechtenstein in Vaduz.

Germany put six past Norway to remain perfect in qualifying

Germany put six past Norway to remain perfect in qualifying

Germany coasted to a 6-0 victory over Norway with a four-goal first-half blitz to extend their 100 percent record to eight matches -- but it still was not enough to guarantee them World Cup qualification.

Marcus Rashford inspires England to victory over Slovakia

Marcus Rashford inspires England to victory over Slovakia

Marcus Rashford turned from zero to hero for England as he recovered from an early mistake to score and assist as the Three Lions beat Slovakia 2-1 to move a step closer to qualifying for the World Cup.

France held to shock goalless draw against tiny Luxembourg

France held to shock goalless draw against tiny Luxembourg

France's World Cup qualification hopes suffered a setback as they were held to a shock goalless draw at home to minnows Luxembourg.

Isco gives Spain huge win over Italy in crucial World Cup qualifier

Isco gives Spain huge win over Italy in crucial World Cup qualifier

Isco scored twice as Spain beat Italy 3-0 at the Bernabeu to move clear at the top of World Cup qualifying Group G.

Mats Hummels' late header keeps Germany perfect in qualifying

Mats Hummels' late header keeps Germany perfect in qualifying

Mats Hummels' late header secured Germany a 2-1 win over the Czech Republic in Prague to guarantee the world champions at least a playoff place from World Cup qualifying Group C.

Harry Kane on target as England cruise to win over Malta

Harry Kane on target as England cruise to win over Malta

England are on the brink of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup after a 4-0 win in Malta on Friday night.

Uruguay and Argentina play to goalless draw in Montevideo

Uruguay and Argentina play to goalless draw in Montevideo

Argentina were unable wrest a top-four berth away from Uruguay in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying section after being held to a goalless draw in Montevideo.

RELATED NEWS

Italy edges Israel to keep pressure on Spain
Italy 1 - 0 Israel

Italy edges Israel to keep pressure on Spain

Italy kept the pressure on Spain in the race for automatic World Cup qualification as Ciro Immobile scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Israel.

Alvaro Morata, Iago Aspas lead Spain to rout of Liechtenstein
Liechtenstein 0 - 8 Spain

Alvaro Morata, Iago Aspas lead Spain to rout of Liechtenstein

Alvaro Morata and substitute Iago Aspas each scored twice as Spain moved closer to the World Cup finals with an 8-0 win over Group G minnows Liechtenstein in Vaduz.

Germany put six past Norway to remain perfect in qualifying
Germany 6 - 0 Norway

Germany put six past Norway to remain perfect in qualifying

Germany coasted to a 6-0 victory over Norway with a four-goal first-half blitz to extend their 100 percent record to eight matches -- but it still was not enough to guarantee them World Cup qualification.

Marcus Rashford inspires England to victory over Slovakia
England 2 - 1 Slovakia

Marcus Rashford inspires England to victory over Slovakia

Marcus Rashford turned from zero to hero for England as he recovered from an early mistake to score and assist as the Three Lions beat Slovakia 2-1 to move a step closer to qualifying for the World Cup.

France held to shock goalless draw against tiny Luxembourg
France 0 - 0 Luxembourg

France held to shock goalless draw against tiny Luxembourg

France's World Cup qualification hopes suffered a setback as they were held to a shock goalless draw at home to minnows Luxembourg.

Isco gives Spain huge win over Italy in crucial World Cup qualifier
Spain 3 - 0 Italy

Isco gives Spain huge win over Italy in crucial World Cup qualifier

Isco scored twice as Spain beat Italy 3-0 at the Bernabeu to move clear at the top of World Cup qualifying Group G.

Mats Hummels' late header keeps Germany perfect in qualifying
Czech Republic 1 - 2 Germany

Mats Hummels' late header keeps Germany perfect in qualifying

Mats Hummels' late header secured Germany a 2-1 win over the Czech Republic in Prague to guarantee the world champions at least a playoff place from World Cup qualifying Group C.

Harry Kane on target as England cruise to win over Malta
Malta 0 - 4 England

Harry Kane on target as England cruise to win over Malta

England are on the brink of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup after a 4-0 win in Malta on Friday night.

Uruguay and Argentina play to goalless draw in Montevideo
Uruguay 0 - 0 Argentina

Uruguay and Argentina play to goalless draw in Montevideo

Argentina were unable wrest a top-four berth away from Uruguay in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying section after being held to a goalless draw in Montevideo.