It's been seven games now since Dunga took over the Brazilian national team (for the second time in his career), following their embarrassing end to the World Cup. Seven games, seven wins, five clean sheets, two goals conceded! Two! Granted, they've all been friendlies, but they've included victories over Colombia (1-0), Argentina (2-0), and now France.
From the Chelsea perspective, here's the most important part of that seven-match streak:
Miranda, F.Luís, Gustavo, Willian, Oscar and Neymar are set to make their 7th start in a row with Dunga. Filipe only 1 never was subbed out.— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStats) March 26, 2015
Dunga's untouchables, including the three Chelsea boys, are repaying Dunga's faith with some excellent performances. While the Seleção were a bit shaky in defense today, especially on set pieces, they more than made up for that with some excellent attacking play. Oscar and Filipe Luis combined especially well, showing good understanding with both Neymar and Roberto Firmino, who got the start as the nominal center forward. Willian played right wing as he normally does for Chelsea, and while he was mostly his usual Willian-y self, he did collect two assists (on goals by Neymar and Luiz Gustavo), and his set piece delivery was on point all day. The one goal that did not come from a Willian assist was Brazil's first: Oscar equalizing after Raphael Varane headed Les Bleus into the lead from a corner. Filipe Luis and Firmino were also involved in the build-up, taking advantage of a somewhat lucky bounce, to create the opportunity for Oscar to poke the ball between Mandanda's legs. It was the third nutmeg of the move.
Kurt Zouma did not make his senior international debut, as he watched all 90 minutes from the bench.
Elsewhere, Mohamed Salah and Juan Cuadrado both started in friendlies for Egypt and Colombia, respectively. Egypt beat Equatorial Guinea 2-0 thanks to two late goals (Salah had been substituted by then), while Colombia ran rampant against Bahrain, Falcao grabbing a brace in the 6-0 demoliton.
Finally, Chelsea academy's core of English youngsters were involved on the international stage as well. England U18s were up first, and they started with Solanke up front but with both Tammy Abraham and Jake Clarke-Salter on the bench. All three Chelsea boys did manage to come close to scoring -- Clarke-Salter came on at the half; Abraham replaced Solanke in the second half -- but only Newcastle's Adam Armstrong was able to find the back of the net in the 1-0 victory. The U19s were next, and they were captained by Izzy Brown and started a midfield paring of Charlie Colkett and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Needless to say, they were victorious as well, coming from behind twice to eventually win 3-2 over Denmark. Brown scored England's first. Alex Kiwomya went as an unused sub. Lastly, England U17s won as well, 2-1 over Romania, both goals coming from Chelsea forward Ike Ugbo. Left back Jay DaSilva, ever impressive in this year's Youth Cup campaign, came on at half-time to make an extended substitute appearance.