[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] Dani Alves
headed home a gorgeous own goal in the 48th minute of Brazil’s 1-0 loss to
Switzerland in Basel on Wednesday, which some might call a friendly gesture in a neutral country.
Brazil was on top of the world
after beating Spain, 3-0, in the Confederations Cup final on home soil in June,
this friendly at St. Jakob-Park marked Brazil’s first match since the nation’s 2014 World Cup test drive, and this time the Selecao skidded off the tracks.
coach Luis Felipe Scolari
fielded a team including Neymar
, Oscar, Fred, Thiago Silva
, but the visitors could only muster one shot on target
in a game that saw Switzerland attempt almost twice as many shots (18-10), but as usual, a Brazilian did something memorable.
This might be the best header of Dani Alves’ career,
and the fact that the Barcelona defender scored into his own net shouldn’t take away from his absolutely perfect form and location.