LANDOVER – Superstar striker Neymar scored his 59th international goal while 21-year old Richarlison added a brace in his national team debut as Brazil handily defeated El Salvador, 5-0, in an international friendly in FedExField on Sept. 11.
The Seleção entertained the 28,511 spectators in attendance with their captain Neymar leading the way. The Paris Saint-Germain star terrorized the Salvadorian backline with ease with his quick dribbles and fast ball-handling. He would put Brazil on the score sheet first after converting a penalty kick in the fourth minute. The goal puts him three behind Ronaldo for second place in Brazil’s all-time top goal scorer list.
Twelve minutes after the first tally, Neymar sprinted past two defenders before gliding a diagonal pass to striker Richarlison, who hit a powerful one-timer into the far netting for Brazil’s second goal of the match. Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho shot a low-darting 25-yard goal, giving the Brazil three-score cushion.
Coming off a 2-1 comeback road victory against Montserrat in Concacaf Nations League play on Sept. 8, El Salvador used several counterattacks to surprise the talented Brazilians. The quick attacks would cause the pro-Salvadorian crowd to cheer in support, but La Selecta’s opportunities on goal would die before shots were registered.
Five minutes into the second half, Richarlison powered a loose ball past goalkeeper Henry Hernandez for his second goal of the match. With two minutes remaining in the lopsided match, defender Marquinhos thundered inside the penalty area untouched to smash a Neymar corner kick cross with a header goal.
With the win, Brazil finished undefeated in this international window. They defeated the United States 2-0 on Sept. 9 in New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium. Brazil will play Saudi Arabia and continental rival Argentina in friendly matches next month as they prepare to host the Copa America tournament in June 2019.