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Australia to face Brazil in friendly at the MCG in June 2017

The Socceroos will take on Brazil this summer.

Australia will meet football powerhouse Brazil at the MCG in June in the lead-up to the Confederations Cup.

The Socceroos will meet Brazil on June 13 in a friendly, with the South American giants in Melbourne for a blockbuster clash with Argentina four days earlier.

Australia will be coming off a World Cup qualification match against Saudi Arabia on June 8.

Brazil have no shortage of world superstars, with Neymar, Philippe Coutinho, Oscar and Dani Alves expected to draw thousands through the gates.


Argentina and Brazil to play friendly at Melbourne Cricket Ground

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The Melbourne Cricket Ground is set to host Argentina and Brazil in a friendly in June.

Lionel Messi looks set to return to the Melbourne Cricket Ground 10 years after a virtuoso performance helped defeat the Socceroos in a friendly.

The Victorian government confirmed on Friday the Superclasico -- pitting world football heavyweights Argentina and Brazil -- will take place at the Melbourne venue on June 9.

"We will have the best two teams clashing here at the MCG," state sports minister John Eren told reporters.

"I think it's going to be a blockbuster. It's going to be a sell-out."


Jurgen Damm, Alan Pulido take their chance to impress for Mexico

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Mexico cruised to a 1-0 victory over Iceland in Las Vegas on Wednesday..

Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio has started off 2017 with a narrow victory. Thanks to a goal from Alan Pulido on Wednesday night, El Tri was able to gain a 1-0 win over Iceland in Las Vegas.

More importantly for the manager, several backup and fringe players were on display for the national team. With a busy year set for Mexico -- which includes World Cup qualifying, Gold Cup and Confederations Cup matches -- Osorio will need to analyze and utilize several options for El Tri.

Looking ahead, Mexico...

 By Tom Marshall

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Mexico cruised to a 1-0 victory over Iceland in Las Vegas, thanks to a first-half header from Chivas' Alan Pulido.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- A domestic-based Mexico squad defeated a weakened Iceland side 1-0 on Wednesday in Las Vegas in El Tri's first match of 2017.

Here are three thoughts from the match:

1. Mexico gets the job done in experimental 2017 opener

A first-half goal from Alan Pulido was enough for Mexico in a game that won't live long in the memory but did offer coach Juan Carlos Osorio the chance to experiment.

The first 45 minutes saw El Tri use a strong side, including Rafa Marquez and Giovani dos...