VIENNA (AFP) – Brazil ended a disappointing year with a 2-1 win over Austria in an international friendly in Vienna on Tuesday as the five-time world champions made it six wins out of six since their World Cup mauling by Germany, which saw 1994 skipper Dunga take over the reins from Luiz Felipe Scolari as coach.
Paris Saint-Germain centre-back David Luiz opened the scoring for the visitors before Aleksandar Dragovic equalised from the penalty spot, only for Roberto Firminio to snatch the Brazilian winner seven minutes from time, a precise strike that was his first goal for the national side in only his second appearance.
Dunga was delighted to see his gamble on new face Firmino paying off after he sent the Germany-based player on for Luiz Adriano.
“When I picked the squad and people asked me about Firmino I said he has goals in him,” Dunga said of the Hoffenheim starlet.
The 23-year-old Firmino, benefitting from Dunga picking an all-European based squad with Brazilian clubs involved in hectic domestic activity, said he was delighted to get onto the pitch, never mind the score-sheet.
“It’s a dream to be here. I’m just so happy I was able to get on and help my teammates, and to score a goal is better still, simply marvellous,” said Firmino.