The biggest fear for any club fan during an international break is an injury. Thankfully, all of Chelsea's Brazilian players have made it back unscathed. Surprisingly, this includes Oscar, who missed the first match of the break with an ankle injury suffered last week in training. Fortunately, he was able to recover and get half-an-hour in Boston, during which he looked okay, if not exactly at his glittering best.
It was that sort of night for the Brazilian Blues, really. None of them were involved in any big events during the match, but nor did they look out of their depth. It was mostly an evening of solid play from the Chelsea representatives. David Luiz was the most-involved, having played the full match. He came close to getting an assist late in the first half when his long pass started a counter-attack for Brazil. He continued his run after Neymar dummied the original ball, finding himself alone on the left wing. From there, he put through a cross for Bernard, who needed just a touch for a tap-in, but he managed to miss the chance.
Apart from that, and a handful of blocked or saved shots by them, the biggest contribution by a Chelsea player was in the 49', when Ramires won the ball back to start the counter which saw Neymar and Maxwell link up to find Jo for the third goal to kill off the match. Eleven minutes later, Ramires came off for Oscar, who had a quiet night. The match finished 3-1 to Brazil.
Ultimately, the match was all about Neymar, who had a hand everything positive Brazil was doing this evening, scoring a lovely goal and getting an assist. Similarly, for the other side, former Blue Raul Meireles was the star of the show in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo.. He was the only real positive for Portugal, scoring the only goal for his side by exploiting a weak header by Maicon back to Julio Cesar.
As I noted earlier, none of Chelsea's players were really involved in the action, but were fairly-solid all around. David Luiz, despite a relatively-quiet night was imperious in defence, not putting a foot wrong alongside goal-scorer Thiago Silva. Ramires got an hour for Brazil, in which he looked comfortable, if a bit subdued. Oscar, coming back off an injury did about as well as could be expected. He looked a little short of 100% fitness, but was still effective at occupying space and defenders. Jose Mourinho may choose to rest him this weekend, due to travelling and his fitness. No need to worry, though, he'll simply use one of his other 900 world-class attacking midfielders. : )