Brazil 3-1 Portugal: Neymar leads Seleção comeback
A Neymar-inspired Brazil defeated Portugal 3-1 at the Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts.
The Barcelona forward contributed a goal and an assist, as Seleção secured their second victory in five days.
Portugal had taken an early lead, with Raul Meireles pouncing on Maicon’s poor header, but after Thiago Silva leveled proceedings, goals from Neymar and Jô gave Brazil an unassailable advantage.
Head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari made just one change from the side that defeated Australia in a 6-0 rout on Saturday, with Maxwell replacing the injured Marcelo.
After a bright start for the Seleção, Meireles’ opener on 17 minutes came against the run of play, but It took Brazil just 180 seconds to respond. From Neymar’s left wing corner, captain Thiago Silva rose highest at the far post to power a header beyond goalkeeper Rui Patrício.
Neymar found the net himself 14 minutes later, as he ended a wonderful, mazy run with a smart finish from just inside the area. Jô would double Brazil’s lead four minutes into the second half, tapping in from close range after being found unmarked by Maxwell’s cutback.
With Cristiano Ronaldo absent, Portugal struggled to create any meaningful openings. Manchester United winger Nani had their best attempts, but was often wayward and didn’t test Júlio César, who was largely untroubled throughout.
Next up for Brazil is a friendly with South Korea on October 12. They then face Zambia in Beijing three days later.