Senegal hold Brazil to 1-1 draw in Singapore friendly

The Terenga Lions of Senegal put up a fine performance against five-time world champions Brazil in an international friendly match in Singapore on Thursday.

Senegal held the Samba Boys to a 1-1 draw as Famara Diedhiou’s converted penalty for Senegal cancelled Roberto Firmino’s opener for Brazil.

Brazil will again take on another African giants, the Super Eagles of Nigeria, at the same stadium in Singapore on Sunday.

Thursday’s clash was against Copa America champions and Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2019 runners-up, and both sides fielded strong lineups.

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The likes of Kalidou Koulibaly, Idrissa Gueye, Sadio Mane (for Senegal), Gabriel Jesus, Neymar, Philippe Coutinho (for Brazil) all featured.

Senegal shared the spoils in the game that saw Brazilain star, Neymar make history as the youngest player to reach 100 appearances for the Selecao.

The 27-year-old came close to scoring the winner on 70 minutes, but his free-kick sailed on to the top of the net.

Brazil will face Nigeria for the second time ever on Sunday. The last time both teams met, the North Americans thrashed Nigeria 3-0 in Abuja National Stadium back in 2003.

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