Brazil drew 1-1 with Russia to stay winless since Luiz Felipe Scolari returned for his second spell as coach of the record five-time soccer world champion.
Fred’s last-minute goal rescued a draw for next year’s World Cup host in an exhibition match played at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge stadium in London last night. Victor Fayzulin put Russia ahead in the 73rd minute.
Brazil is winless through five games for the first time since 2001, when Scolari also was coach of the national team. Brazil secured its fifth World Cup title the following year.
Since Scolari returned to the job Nov. 29, the Brazilians have also lost to England and drawn against Italy.
Scolari’s team is playing a series of exhibition matches, billed as the Brazil World Tour, to prepare for next year’s 32- nation World Cup, which it doesn’t have to qualify for. It next visits Bolivia on April 4.
Next year’s global championship is scheduled from June 12 to July 13.
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