Neymer, Firmino lead Brazil over US 2-0 in exhibition

Silvia Morton
September 12, 2018

Neymar and Roberto Firmino scored first-half goals, and Brazil overwhelmed the United States, 2-0, on Friday night in a friendly before a sparse crowd at MetLife Stadium.

The minutes were spent with a Brazil that kept Neymar in the field to be engaged in training with an obsession for always having the ball and not letting go when it was near the area.

After Neymar hit the deck midway through the first half, Yedlin received a warning from the match official but the Newcastle full-back wanted to know only one thing.

Neymar and Brazilian teammates showed young American players how large a gap they must overcome.

Brazil put their World Cup disappointment behind them as the Selecao overpowered a youthful United States of America side 2-0.

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The Paris Saint-Germain star converted a penalty just before half-time for Brazil after Roberto Firmino's early opener.

Roberto Firmino took his global tally to eight goals with a fine volley in the 11th minute before Neymar doubled the lead from the spot two minutes prior to half-time after Brazil were awarded a contentious penalty - Fabinho going to ground under minimal contact. "And when you press a team one at a time like Brazil, they play easily out of the back". The Paris St-Germain star caused controversy with his diving during the summer's World Cup in Russian Federation and the Brazilian was involved in another comical incident on Saturday.

Steffen kicked out his left foot in the 51st minute to save Neymar's 6-yard shot off a pass from Costa, and Miazga cleared the ball off the line.

The best USA chance was Weston McKennie's left-footed shot off a Kellyn Acosta pass in the 66th, which went wide. The section of American Outlaws behind one goal held up photos of Clint Dempsey before the match in honor of the USA star, who announced his retirement on August 29. Brooks will head back to Wolfsburg and miss Tuesday's game.

The pace of the game slowed down at the hour mark - with Brazil making use of all the permitted six substitutes to bring on Willian and give debuts to Richarlison and Lucas Paqueta.

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