Neymar, Firmino on target as Brazil cruise over USA

Florence Fletcher
September 12, 2018

But before that, Neymar was the subject of an interesting conversation between the referee and U.S. right-back, DeAndre Yedlin.

Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar has been named the permanent captain of the Brazil national team after manager Tite scrapped his controversial rotation policy.

Newcastle and United States of America defender DeAndre Yedlin came face-to-face with Neymar last night- and enjoyed a light-hearted exchange with the referee about the PSG superstar.

Neymar was back at it again on Friday night, when Brazil claimed a 2-0 victory over the United States of America in an global friendly.

The referee though whistled for a free-kick for a foul by the Newcastle player on Neymar midway through the first half.

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Even if it was a foul, Neymar has developed a reputation for himself that will follow him around for some time. The team is at the start of a four-year cycle building toward the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

He said: "I thought our coordination of trying to step out wasn't very good in the first half, we got pulled apart a bit; I thought the second half was an improvement". I'm a player who takes the ball 11 times and 10 of those times I go straight at the opponent. "So, when I'm not OK to speak, I prefer to stay silent because the silence is the best answer". They won't let me pass without giving me a little [contact]. "But it happened. It's another lesson I carry with me", he added.

Reflecting on their World Cup quarter-final exit to bronze medallists Belgium, he apologised to the fans saying the team had set their sights on the trophy.

All eyes were on new captain Neymar but Costa was a joy to watch throughout.

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