Mention 7-1 to any Brazil fan, or most football fans in general, and they'll most likely think of the World Cup 2014 semifinal when Germany beat hosts Brazil by that scoreline. A day to live in infamy for the home of Jogo Bonito.
The wounds haven't really healed in the two years since, especially after a disappointing Copa 2015 tournament, a poor start to World Cup 2018 qualifying, and a lucky 0-0 draw against Ecuador in their opening match of this year's special anniversary edition Copa America Centenario. It was Brazil's fourth draw in six games in all competitions. A match against the worst side in the tournament then was exactly what the doctor ordered.
A hat-trick for the star of the game, Philippe Coutinho, a brace for another midfielder, Renato Augusto, plus one each for substitutes Gabigol and Lucas Lima, both of whom have had been very tenuously linked with Chelsea in recent times. Former Chelsea man Filipe Luis grabbed the official assist on Brazil's first. Current Chelsea Player of the Year Willian played the full match and still somehow managed to stay off the scoresheet. But by all indications, he played well enough.
Same couldn't be said for yesterday's (Wednesday's) Chelsea-related international action, with both Colombia and Spain struggling to put together good performances. Colombia still did enough to dispatch Paraguay 2-1, with Cuadrado completing 87 minutes, but Spain suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at home to Georgia. Cesc Fabregas started and played the first half while Pedro got a 15-minute cameo at the end. César Azpilicueta did not feature, which could be a regular occurrence in the tourament. Not exactly an ideal result with which to leave for Euro 2016.
Earlier on Wednesday, young Andreas Christensen continued to anchor Denmark's three-man back line, this time in a 4-0 win over Bulgaria in the Kirin Cup's third place match. He played the full 90, while Spurs's Christian Eriksen had a late-game hat-trick to boost the scoreline.