Brazil celebrates Neymar’s record. EPA
It seems the clash between a Serie A team against a Serie D. And this is the picture of the friendly Brazil-El Salvador 5-0: goals by Neymar on penalties, Philippe Coutinho, double by Richarlison, and Marquinhos. An easy, easy task for teens led by Tite, played at FedEx Field Stadium, in Landover (Maryland), ahead of 27,511 mostly Salvadoran spectators.
YOU’RE CHANGING – Tite promotes six changes compared to Brazil that Friday won 2-0 in the United States in a friendly. In Porta Neto, former Fiorentina and Juventus, makes his debut with Seleção after 25 calls; defense with Éder Militão (another debutant), on the right, Dedé rested former Milan player Thiago Silva, forming the central pair with the former Romanist Marquinhos; Juventus Alex Sandro enters instead of Filipe Luís, on the left.
Midfield with Casemiro, the blaugrana Arthur (also he debutant), the former Interista Philippe Coutinho. Triade tip with the bianconero Douglas Costa on the right, in the middle the debutant Richarlison (Everton), and on the left Neymar, which with this 92ª presence surpasses none other than Pelé, stopped at 91 games with the green. El Salvador, 72º at the FIFA ranking that beat 2-1 Monserrat (204th) in the Concacaf Nations League on Saturday, is sided by the Mexican Carlos de los Cobos with Hernández between the posts; rearguard with Tamacas, Mendoza, Domínguez, Barahona; halfway through Alfaro, Cerén, Flores, Baires, Alás; striking Pineda.
LIGHTNING RIGOR – The US referee Jair Marrufo signals Domínguez’s penalty on Richarlison: he immediately arrives, already in the 2nd minute. The foul is very questionable because the defender touches the ball first and then hits the opponent. At 3 ‘, Neymar displaces the goalkeeper from the spot, scoring his 59th goal with Brazil. However, Tite’s training party, wearing blue sweaters and shorts, continued on the 15th minute:
Richarlison’s winning shot, assisted by Neymar. 2-0. The South Americans are much higher: it is a comparison that practically is limited to the half Salvadorian camp. At 21 ‘of the first half, Neymar hits the crossbar. And the offensive increases to the minute 29 with a shot from the edge of Coutinho, who hits the low corner signing the 3-0. The pass is Neymar, who then misses a good chance at the suggestion of Douglas Costa. At 43 ‘,
RICHARLISON AGAIN – The Brazilian domination is revealed even at the beginning of the recovery. Richarlison signs the 4-0: it is his second goal to the game, and the initials with a shot nell’angolino after a good play in the area of Coutinho.
In the whirlwind of substitutions also Douglas Costa comes out at 8 ‘of the second half to make way for Willian: good performance of Juventus, a little’ less spectacular than Friday against the United States, but always dangerous and fast. The other bianconero of Brazil, Alex Sandro, has few problems: the opponent was certainly not a good test. Curiosity: at 24’st he made his debut with Brazilian national Andreas Pereira, the Belgian midfielder of Manchester United, who replaced Arthur.
Brazilians are usually reinforcing foreign nationals but now this son of a former Brazilian player who emigrated to Belgium was subtracted from the country he was born in, after having played for both national teams at the time of youth. The rhythm, in the end, is a partinelle in the family. But with Brazil, ladies of the race. The coup de grace against El Salvador arrives at 44 ‘of the second half, with Neymar, moved during the second half to the role of striker, which places the corner on the head of Marquinhos, left free to hit the head. It is the definitive 5-0.
Goliath beats David, again. The coup de grace against El Salvador arrives at 44 ‘of the second half, with Neymar, moved during the second half to the role of striker, which places the corner on the head of Marquinhos, left free to hit the head. It is the definitive 5-0. Goliath beats David, again. The coup de grace against El Salvador arrives at 44 ‘of the second half, with Neymar, moved during the second half to the role of striker, which places the corner on the head of Marquinhos, left free to hit the head. It is the definitive 5-0.
Goliath beats David, again.
THE OTHERS – Just a goal by Adams to the United States to liquidate Mexico, with the team of the technical commissioner Tuca remained in 10 men from the minute 67, thanks to the expulsion of Zandivar. Double Rondon, instead, for Venezuela on the Panama field; at the end, many smiles also for Valencia and Ibarra: for Ecuador it is 2-0 against Guatemala.