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Brazil crushes US as Neymar sparkles
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 01 - 06 - 2012

Brazil playmaker Neymar scored one goal and set up two more to spark the five-time World Cup champions past the United States 4-1 Wednesday in an international football friendly.
The Brazilians used the match to study talent ahead of the London Olympics, with 17 Olympic-eligible players on the roster, including Neymar, a 20-year-old Santos forward who has attracted interest from many of the world's top clubs.
“It's not every day one can apply dribbling over the head and between the legs, but I had a goal and two decisive passes, so I'm pretty happy about that,” Neymar said.
The Brazilians improved to 16-1 all-time against the Americans, winning for the ninth time in a row since suffering their only defeat, by 1-0, in 1998. And they did so with a young roster looking to London and Brazil's 2014 World Cup.
“It's a great satisfaction,” Neymar said. “We all knew the doors would open for the national team and we're all happy about that.”
A crowd of 67,619 saw the Brazilians, coming off a 3-1 victory over Denmark Saturday, end a five-match win streak for the Americans, who beat Italy 1-0 and routed Scotland 5-1 last Saturday in their run.
“I didn't expect this, really,” Brazil coach Mano Menezes said. “But I saw the confidence of young players and I knew we could trust them. The response was very good.
“You can see in the faces of the players they can feel the accomplishment. We played better than we did against Denmark. We need to improve every game.”
US coach Jurgen Klinsmann was impressed with Neymar and his teammates, but sees flaws compared to past Brazilian dynasties.
“Neymar and the technical skills he has, he has the freshness to try things out -- he does things you don't expect,” Klinsmann said. “They have a very good young team. It's a promising team. But it's a beatable team.”


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