Brazil vs Senegal review: Senegal have stunned Brazil in a friendly match hosted at Lisbon
Sadio Mane netted two goals as Senegal staged a comeback to surprise Brazil with a 4-2 victory in a friendly match in Lisbon on Tuesday.
This defeat marks Brazil’s third loss in their last four games, and it is the first time they have lost by a two-goal margin since their 2-0 defeat against Chile in 2015. Additionally, Brazil has not conceded four or more goals in a match since their humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany in the 2014 World Cup semi-finals.
Lucas Paqueta scored the opening goal for Brazil early in the first half. They thought they had earned a penalty when Vinicius Jr was fouled in the box, but the referee’s decision was overturned after a VAR review showed an offside in the build-up.
Senegal took advantage of their first opportunity when the Brazil defense failed to clear a cross, and Habib Diallo smashed the ball into the net with a powerful volley in the 22nd minute. This goal boosted Senegal’s confidence, and they quickly scored two more goals in the second half.
Defender Marquinhos unintentionally deflected a header from Ismaiia Sarr into his own goal, and then Mane curled a brilliant strike from just inside the box into the top corner of the far side.
Marquinhos redeemed himself for his earlier error by scoring Brazil’s second goal from a loose ball in the penalty area.
However, Senegal remained composed and increased their lead when Mane converted a penalty kick after Brazil goalkeeper Ederson fouled Nicolas Jackson inside the box. This was another setback for Brazil, as their caretaker coach is Ramon Menezes, the Under-20 manager.
The Brazilian FA (CBF) is still actively pursuing Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti to fill the vacant coaching position, which has been open since Tite resigned after Brazil’s elimination in the World Cup quarter-finals in December.