Neymar, Roberto Firmino lead Brazil over USA 2-0 in exhibition

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Neymar was on target in Friday night's game against the US as he scored from the penalty spot just before half-time after Liverpool forward Firmino had given Brazil the lead.

The incident took place during an global friendly between U.S. and Brazil, which the Selecao won 2-0. Neymar's goal was his 58th in 91 appearances for his country.

Brazil went ahead when Firmino split defenders Matt Miazga and John Brooks and with his right foot directed the ball past goalkeeper Zack Steffen for his eighth goal in 26 global appearances.

It is learnt that over the last 2 years, more than a dozen players have worn the captain's armband, with Thiago Silva, Miranda and Marcelo shared the responsiblity during the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

After Neymar hit the deck midway through the first half, Yedlin received a warning from the match official but the Newcastle full-back wanted to know only one thing. Fabinho played a 1-2 with Firmino and cut into the penalty area.

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"The ability to connect passes was a difficult chore for our group early in the game", Sarachan said, "and when you concede possession against a team like Brazil, it makes it hard".

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.

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.

The second half saw both coaches making numerous changes to the team and Brazil had another clear opportunity to turn the score 3-0 at 51 minutes by a shot from Neymar but was unsuccessful.

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