Arthur makes Brazil bow as Neymar & Firmino down the United States

Tanya Simon
September 12, 2018

Roberto Firmino and Neymar scored first-half goals as Brazil defeated the United States 2-0 in their worldwide friendly here on Friday.

"I probably overthought that I had to get too tight to him, and by the time I had settled my feet, he'd already made his mind to go and I didn't reallt have a chance of catching him", Robinson said.

The referee though whistled for a free-kick for a foul by the Newcastle player on Neymar midway through the first half. The tricky winger set up Brazil's opener with a sensational turn of pace and he nearly teed up Neymar in the second half - his range of passing on show.

You can see Yedlin clearly asking the referee if he saw the World Cup in the video below.

Fred almost helped put Brazil 3-0 ahead two minutes into the second half but his pass to Firmino was cut out by United States of America goalkeeper Zack Steffen, while Neymar's shot was cleared off the line four minutes later.

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The Brazilian player also revealed that, "I was the target of a lot of criticism, and I didn't feel well, When I'm not feeling well, it's better to keep quiet".

Roberto Firmino took his worldwide 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. The section of American Outlaws behind one goal held up photos of Clint Dempsey before the match in honor of the US star, who announced his retirement on August 29.

Ousmane Dembele - signed to replace Neymar - has impressed for Barcelona in the early stages of the 2018-19 campaign. The U.S. also plays England and Italy in November.

As one small example of Brazil's strength and range of options (see team below), Everton's £40m+ signing Richarlison made his first worldwide appearance last night.

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