Neymar Shines On Return For Brazil

International Friendly

Result: Brazil 2-2 Colombia

Date: 07 September 2019

Venue: Hard Rock Stadium

Neymar bagged a goal and an assist on his return to action for Brazil, who drew 2-2 with Colombia in an international friendly. The South African champions recalled Neymar who partnered with Roberto Firmino, while Colombia were without star figures James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao.   Neymar showcased his quality on 19 minutes as he set-up Carlos Casemiro to head home the opener after the Colombians went to sleep at the back.   The lead was cut short five minutes later after Luis Muriel, who recently signed for Atalanta, levelled from the penalty spot after being brought down by Alex Sandro in the box. Minutes later, Richarlison wasted a good chance to restore Brazil’s advantage on the half-hour mark when the Everton forward curled wide of the far post.   Colombia went in front for the first time in the match as a break-attack from Roger Martinez and Duvan Zapata four minutes later set-up Muriel, who slotted past Ederson.   Brazil returned for the second half revived as neither side made changes during the halftime interval in a lukewarm Miami evening. Philippe Coutinho and Dani Alves combined for the equaliser on 58 minutes, as the latter’s delightful pass found Neymar who side-footed into the net from across the six-yard box.   Colombia looked to regain the lead three minutes later with a double substitution in Luis Diaz and Jefferson Lerma who replaced Martinez and Alvaro Uribe respectively.   The encounter remained in the balance despite the changes, as Bruno Henrique made his Brazil debut from the bench in the final seven minutes with Coutinho sacrificed.   Colombia missed a golden chance to steal a late victory in the final two minutes as Diaz fluffed a dangerous move in the area, ending the match all square.

Leave a Reply