May 30, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Brazil forward Neymar (11) celebrates after scoring a goal on a penalty kick against the USA in the first half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Mexico vs Brazil: Neymar Leads Brazil Past Mexico 2-0


This was an emotional game for Brazil as the players finally addressed what was going on in their nation. Members of the Brazilian National team expressed their support for the protestors around Brazil trying to bring change to their country. And amidst all that, this game was a break from reality for Brazilians.

Brazil is hosting the Confederations Cup this summer ahead of the World Cups next year, which they also host.

The game provided some early chances and Neymar was waving his hands towards the crowd encouraging them to get loud and support the squad. And Neymar scored in the 9th minute after booting a deflection mid air into the back of the net from just inside the 18-yard box.

That got the crowd chanting and supporting their squad.

Neymar is on his way to join Lionel Messi at FC Barcelona after a $75 million transfer fee.

And Brazil didn’t sit back on their early lead. Brazil consistently pushed forward taking shots after shot and just applying pressure consistently through out the game. Clearly motivated to encourage their fans who’ve witnessed protests in 10 cities across Brazil.

Mexico weathered the storm and got some chances of their own before Neymar went out on a breakaway. Andrés Guardado got a yellow card for fouling Neymar to stop the breakaway in the 21st minute.

David Luiz apparently broke his nose and was forced out of the game for nearly 10 minutes to stop the bleeding. Mexico couldn’t take advantage though.

In stoppage time at the end of the game, Neymar put the punctation mark on this. Guarded tightly by two defenders near the corner, Neymar split the duo and sent a pass across the goal to Jo who buried it in the back of the net.

 

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