Neymar, William lead Brazil past France

(AP Photo/Francois Mori)

PARIS (AP) Striker Neymar scored his 43rd international goal and midfielder Willian set up two as Brazil beat France 3-1 on Thursday in another step in rebuilding its credibility.

It was France's first defeat since last year's World Cup, where it lost to Germany in the quarterfinals. Brazil remains unbeaten since hosting that tournament, where it lost 7-1 to Germany in a semifinal shocker and was humbled 3-0 by the Netherlands in the third-place match.

"I'm trying to give the players confidence after the World Cup, and I'm trying to find a balance," Brazil coach Dunga said. "We played well and played with speed. We kept our shape well, we were compact. We made some mistakes, but once we got our balance right we were able to win."


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