UEFA Nations League – Match Report: Neymar, Firmino Score To Overcome USA
Brazil showed signs of improvement by beating a lumpy United States team by 2-0, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
The U.S. played an extremely youthful lineup, with 25-year-old Bobby Wood the most seasoned player in Dave Sarachan’s XI, against a Brazil side that was ousted from the World Cup in the quarterfinals by Belgium in Russia.
Brazil squandered no time opening the scoring as Douglas Costa beat Antonee Robinson on the right flank, and nestled an ideal cross, for Roberto Firmino to side-foot the first goal of the match.
Costa almost set up Brazil’s second goal in the wake of beating Robinson once more. However Neymar could not deal with his low cross, regardless of being set up in a flawless scoring position in the focal point of the penalty zone.
Dougie assists Firmino. Brazil lead 1-0. USA learning quickly that Costa is the second best dribbler in the world.
— James Nalton (@JDNalton) September 8, 2018
The U.S. had two pleasant opportunities to score simply past the half-hour, however Weston McKennie’s shot from a DeAndre Yedlin cross was scraped, and John Brooks header from a Will Trapp corner kick skipped wide of the far post.
Before half-time, Fabinho’s slicing drew a foul from Will Trapp and Neymar took the penaly to to send the Selecao into the changing area up 2-0 at the break.
The meeting side was back at it not long after the break, with Costa indeed beating Robinson and cutting open the U.S. defense, with a through ball to Neymar, whose low shot was tidied up the line by Matt Miazga.
McKennie passed up on an extraordinary shot for the U.S. at the 65th minute, shooting a shot from a Kellyn Acosta free kick only wide of the goal and Trapp constrained Alisson into a spare, as the Americans pushed for a goal.
However, it was an 11th straight loss for the U.S against Brazil; its longest losing streak against a solitary adversary in the group’s history.
10th August 2010: Neymar scores his first senior goal for Brazil vs. USA at the MetLife Stadium.
7th September 2018: Neymar scores his 58th senior goal for Brazil vs. USA at the MetLife Stadium.
Back where it all began. 🇧🇷 pic.twitter.com/3wuZSWbxn1
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 8, 2018
The United States’ next match is against Mexico on 11th September in Nashville and Tite’s Brazil will confront El Salvador in Landover, Maryland around the same time.
Btw, all your analysis is okay except the “USA has a bigger population than Brazil; they should be playing the way Brazil is.”
That’s whack, fam. Reminder that population is not correlated with ⚽️ success.
— Nipun Chopra, PhD (@NipunChopra7) September 8, 2018
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