United States 0 Brazil 2: Neymar enjoys winning start as captain

Aubrey Yates
September 12, 2018

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.

The minutes were spent with a Brazil that kept Neymar in the field to be engaged in training with an obsession for always having the ball and not letting go when it was near the area.

Tite handed the permanent captaincy to Neymar after scrapping his rotation policy and the Paris Saint-Germain superstar enjoyed a winning start as skipper in New Jersey, where Brazil prevailed thanks to a two-goal first half on Friday.

It was also revealed that Neymar had spent a massive 14 minutes on the floor during the World Cup.

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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East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Brazil forward Neymar (10) reacts after scoring a goal on a penalty kick against the United States during the first half of an global friendly soccer match at MetLife Stadium.

"I'm faster, a little lighter and I suffer a lot of fouls", he said. Trapp appeared to give him the slightest of pushes, and Fabinho tumbled past Brooks.

Neymar, who now plays for France's PSG, converted the penalty with a soft shot to the left as Steffen lunged to the right. 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. The best USA chance was McKennie's left-footed shot off a Kellyn Acosta pass in the 66th, which went wide.

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

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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