Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Neymar Is The New Captain Of Brazil Football Team

Neymar Is The New Captain Of Brazil Football Team

Barcelona midfielder Arthur Melo made his full debut for Brazil as they beat the United States 2-0 in a friendly on Friday.

Liverpool recruit Fabinho went to ground under minimal contact and Neymar - unfazed by the protests - casually converted from the spot.

Before the end of first half came Brazil's second goal when defender Fabinho cut into the penalty area, an action that led referee Fernando Guerrero to call foul.

Neymar and Brazilian teammates showed young American players how large a gap they must overcome.

The visitors were on top throughout against a young USA 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.

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.

McKennie, who nearly pulled a goal back late in the first half, saw further opportunities spurned as Brazil beat US for the 18th time in 19 meetings.

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Having drawn 1-1 with eventual winners France before the World Cup, in their last friendly, the USMNT were hoping to add tp that promising result.

Steffen kicked out his left foot in the 51st minute to save Neymar's 6-yard shot off a pass from Costa, and Miazga cleared the ball off the line. "You do a lot of chasing".

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. The U.S. also plays England and Italy in November.

The temporary grass field installed over the artificial turf had some brown patches.

Paris Saint-Germain star forward Neymar Jr. on Friday had been named as full-time captain by the Brazilian national football team head coach Tite.

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

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