Brazil look increasingly unlikely to win the World Cup on home soil next summer after another disappointing performance on Wednesday resulted in the squad being booed by their own supporters.
A Brazil squad comprised of domestic-based players met Chile in a friendly on Wednesday night to celebrate the re-opening of the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, but their performance on the pitch was far from satisfactory.
An estimated 53,000 spectators filled the stands yet were left unsatisfied almost immediately when Chile’s Marc Gonzalez knocked in a rebound from close range to give the away side the lead on eight minutes.
Despite Brazil taking the lead in the second half through young superstar, Neymar, the overall team performance was less than satisfactory and Eduardo Vargas’ wonderful effort from distance earned Chile a draw and gave Brazil boss, Luis Felipe, Scolari another headache.
The boos that rang out across the stadium at full time are unlikely to disappear unless Brazil start winning games and sadly they have found this hard to come by, much like England, who need more home wins.
Because they will host the 2014 World Cup, they do not need to qualify for the tournament, meaning for the past two years they haven’t played a competitive match.
Friendlies, sadly, still account for your FIFA ranking and, with two defeats and four draws from their past seven games, Brazil find themselves at a record low 19th place.
Of course, the ranking system is skewed by the fact Brazil are playing friendlies and therefore the desire to win is not so great – while all opposing teams want to beat the Samba Boys – yet there is nevertheless a growing discontent in the country regarding the team’s performances.
Scolari is pressured with managing the expectations of a nation ahead of the World Cup and nothing but victory will satisfy the Brazil fans. It is a tough ask and not one many Betfair football pundits think he can achieve, for the team are struggling simply to eke out meaningless wins a year before the finals.