Neymar, Roberto Firmino lead Brazil over United States 2-0 in exhibition

Grant SmithSep 12, 2018

Brazil went up against the United States in a Federation Internationale de Football Association friendly tie and won 2-0 as both teams began their preparations for the Qatar World Cup 2022.

Firminio scored on 11 minutes and then Neymar made it 2-0 just before the break, the 26 year old now with a remarkable 57 goals in 91 games for Brazil.

Brazil forward Roberto Firmino (20) celebrates his goal against the United States with Brazil forward Neymar.

Brazil put their World Cup disappointment behind them as the Selecao overpowered a youthful U.S. side 2-0.

Speaking to media Neymar Jr. said, "It's a great honor to be named captain, and I'll do everything to fulfill that duty and help the team win".

Just 32,469 attended the match at MetLife Stadium, a possible site of the 2026 World Cup final, and Brazilian supporters outnumbered Americans by about a 10-1 margin. When Brazil beat the USA 2-0 at Metlife Stadium in August 2010 shortly after the venue opened, the game drew 77,223.

Neymar stutter-stepped in his run-up, Steffen dove to his right and the striker softly kicked the ball in the other way for his 58th goal in 91 worldwide appearances, third in Brazilian history behind Pele (77) and Ronaldo (62).

"I suffered a lot of fouls at the World Cup, but that's not what I wanted".

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

Yedlin wasn't too impressed by the decision as the Newcastle United defender turned around and asked the Mexican referee, Fernando Guerrero, "Did you see the World Cup?", in an apparent reference to Neymar's propensity for theatrics during the global tournament earlier this summer.

"The ability to connect passes was a difficult chore for our group early in the game", Sarachan said, "and when you concede possession against a team like Brazil, it makes it hard".

Neymar nearly made it 3-0 after 51 minutes but Matt Miazga cleared off the line, and while the United States threatened with cross balls they could not get past Brazil keeper Alisson.

The second half saw both coaches making numerous changes to the team and Brazil had another clear opportunity to turn the score 3-0 at 51 minutes by a shot from Neymar but was unsuccessful.

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