Neymar, Firmino lead Brazil over United States 2-0 in exhibition


East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Brazil forward Neymar (10) plays the ball against United States defender DeAndre Yedlin (2) during the second half of an worldwide friendly soccer match at MetLife Stadium.

Liverpool striker Firmino netted in the 11th minute at MetLife Stadium with a slick volley at the far post after Douglas Costa's blistering run and cross from the right.

The Paris Saint-Germain star converted a penalty just before half-time for Brazil after Roberto Firmino's early opener. "I think just maybe a little nervous here and there", interim US coach Dave Sarachan said.

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. When Brazil beat the USA 2-0 at Metlife Stadium in August 2010 shortly after the venue opened, the game drew 77,223.

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Playing in New Jersey for the first time since losing to Costa Rica in a World Cup qualifier at Red Bull Arena last September, the US did not force a save from goalkeeper Alisson until the 71st minute.

"I suffered a lot of fouls at the World Cup, but that's not what I wanted". Twenty-year-old Schalke midfielder Weston McKennie was one of few U.S. players to impress in the absence of Borussia Dortmund teenager Christian Pulisic, who missed the match because of injury.

Yedlin wasn't too impressed by the decision as the Newcastle United defender turned around and asked the Mexican referee, Fernando Guerrero, "Did you see the World Cup?", in an apparent reference to Neymar's propensity for theatrics during the worldwide tournament earlier this summer. Neymar converted a penalty kick in the 44th for his 58th goal in 91 global appearances, third in Brazilian history behind Pele (77) and Ronaldo (62).

Arthur, Lucas Paqueta and Richarlison made their Brazil debuts in the second half, and Dede made his first appearance in five years.