Brazil 0-2 Mexico: Seleção humbled by Mexico
Mano Menezes' Olympic side were brought crashing down to reality with a 2-0 defeat to Mexico in Texas, bringing an end to a 10-game unbeaten run for the Seleção.
Brazil had started the game brightly, but were undone by an astonishing lobbed goal from Giovani dos Santos to open the scoring. Giovani, whose dad Zizinho is Brazilian, chipped Rafael from the left of the area to score a goal that many will believe was intended as a cross.
It quickly got worse for the Seleção, as later in the first-half Inter Milan defender Juan conceded a penalty for a trip on Dos Santos. Up stepped the prolific Chicharito, with the Manchester United forward making no mistake from the penalty spot.
Menezes made changes in the second-half to attempt to rectify the situation, but Brazil were poor at carving out opportunities for the strikers. However, when a chance did fall to AC Milan forward Pato, the 23-year-old made a mess of his finish and fired wide.
The match was also frustrating for Brazil's golden boy Neymar, who was well marked by right-back Severo Meza. The frustrations boiled over in the second-half when Neymar responded badly to a tackle from the Mexican, only to be shoved in the face by the defender. The referee settled the incident with a yellow card for either player.
Brazil were poor in defeat and must come back strong against Argentina next week to boost morale heading into the Olympics. The game also showed that the Seleção cannot afford to be so reliant on Neymar, when the youngster himself is still learning and will find himself closely followed at international level.
Man of the Match: Giovani dos Santos (Mexico)
BRAZIL: Rafael; Danilo, Thiago Silva (Bruno Uvini), Juan, Marcelo; Sandro (Lucas), Rômulo, Oscar (Casemiro); Hulk (Wellington Nem), Leandro Damião (Alexandre Pato), Neymar
Coach: Mano Menezes
MEXICO: Jesús Corona; Francisco Rodríguez, Severo Meza (Jiménez), Carlos Salcido, Héctor Moreno; Jorge Torres Nilo, Andrés Guardado (Reyna), Jesús Zayala, Pablo Barrera (Edgar Andrade); Giovani dos Santos (De Nigris), Javier Hernández (Lugo)
Coach: José Manuel de la Torre