Half goals give Brazil comfortable 2-0 win over U.S.

Lynette Rowe
September 12, 2018

The persistent rolling around, diving and general petulance of Neymar for Brazil in Russian Federation led to a vast array of humorous memes and gifs that mocked the 26-year-old, who was blasted by fans and critics for his woeful display during Brazil's eventual defeat to Belgium in the quarter-finals of the World Cup. The pitch didn't help but we managed to pass the ball well against a team that tried to pressure us.

Although the award looked generous, Neymar made no mistake, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way to make it 2-0.

Before the end of first half came Brazil's second goal when defender Fabinho cut into the penalty area, an action that led referee Fernando Guerrero to call foul. Neymar converted a penalty kick in the 44th for his 58th goal in 91 worldwide appearances, third in Brazilian history behind Pele (77) and Ronaldo (62).

He said: "I thought our coordination of trying to step out wasn't very good in the first half, we got pulled apart a bit; I thought the second half was an improvement".

Neymar stutter-stepped in his run-up, Steffen dove to his right and the striker softly kicked the ball in the other way.

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However, earlier this week, Neymar insisted that he's making an effort not to be so theatric in the future.

Notes: Sarachan will run the team for Tuesday's friendly against Mexico in Nashville, Tennessee, and likely for exhibitions on October 12 against Colombia at Tampa, Florida, and versus Peru four days later at East Hartford, Connecticut.

The temporary grass field installed over the artificial turf had some brown patches. The U.S. also plays England and Italy in November.

Selecao coach Tite made a series of changes after the break, handing Arthur, Lucas Paqueta, Richarlison and Everton their first minutes in a Brazil shirt.

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