Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
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Brazil Leads USA 2-0; Firmino and Neymar Score

Brazil Leads USA 2-0; Firmino and Neymar Score

Neymar wore the captain's armband and scored as Brazil overcame the United States, the post-World Cup era opening with a 2-0 victory.

Neymar is going to get a lot of this.

DeAndre Yedlin battled well all game against Neymar, using his pace to limit the winger's impact, the Newcastle defender also able to get forward a number of times, especially in the first half, to help create some unsafe moves of their own.

The visitors were on top throughout against a young US team that have been without a full-time coach since Bruce Arena resigned after they missed out on the World Cup finals for the first time since 1986.

But he rolled home a soft penalty just before the break after Roberto Firmino had given Brazil the lead on 11 minutes at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

Brazil maintained its strong tradition with an easy win on Friday, thanks to the goals by forwards Roberto Firmino at the 11th minute and Neymar converting a penalty at the 43rd.

McKennie, who nearly pulled a goal back late in the first half, saw further opportunities spurned as Brazil beat U.S. for the 18th time in 19 meetings. 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. Fabinho played a 1-2 with Firmino and cut into the penalty area. Neymar scored at MetLife eight years ago in his global debut. The temporary grass field installed over the artificial turf had some brown patches and was immediately removed to prepare for the New York Giants' opener Sunday against Jacksonville.

Brazil traveled to the States for an global friendly with U.S.A. The best US chance was McKennie's left-footed shot off a Kellyn Acosta pass in the 66th, which went wide. Brooks will head back to Wolfsburg and miss Tuesday's game.

Both teams made several changes in the second half, with Arthur, Lucas Paqueta, Everton and Richarlison all making their debuts for Brazil.

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