(Goals & video highlights) France 1-3 Brazil: Neymar & Oscar inspire dominant win

What started out as a hard fought battle between two closely matched sides, ended up being an easy victory for Brazil – who ran out comfortable 3-1 winners.

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The South American side looked calm on the ball right from the off, and were dominating possession and passing it smoothly through midfield.

There were warning signs from France however, who looked particularly dangerous from set pieces.

Brazil were punished for not heeding the warnings, and Real Madrid youngster Raphael Varane headed in powerfully from a corner.

The French looked the most likely to get the second goal, but a moment of quality allowed Brazil to equalise.

Chelsea’s Oscar knocked the ball into Firmino before making a run, and the Hoffenheim star did well to hold onto the ball under pressure and return the pass where it came from.

Oscar took it first time, dinking it cleverly under the keeper to make it 1-1.

France arguably edged the game in the first half, but it was all Brazil in the second period.

Their star man Neymar gave them the lead for the first time just before the hour mark, another fantastic attacking move culminating in a goal.

Again there was a Chelsea star involved, Willian making a powerful run through the centre of midfield.

Firmino made a great run to draw the defenders away from Neymar, and Willian slotted the ball through to the Barcelona star.

He smashed it in at Steve Mandanda’s near post, with so much power the shot-stopper could do nothing about it.

France seemed to switch off a bit after that, and let in a simple goal from a Brazil corner.

Luiz Gustavo was left totally unmarked, and was able to direct a free header into the far corner.

France were temporarily down to ten men with Patrice Evra off injured, but they still should have defended far better.

It was an entertaining game in the end, but Didier Deschamps waited far too long to make any changes, and his side looked stale and lacking creativity in the second half.

The introduction of Nabil Fekir and Olivier Giroud breathed life into the team, but it was too little too late.

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