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Brazil Dance with Panama

Brazil Dance with Panama

Posted by Juan Gavasa on June 04, 2014

Neymar scored one goal and set up two others to guide Brazil to a 4-0 defeat of Panama in a World Cup warm-up match.

Neymar broke the deadlock with a well-struck free-kick from just outside the penalty area in the 26th minute and then sent a perfect back-heel pass for Hulk to score less than a minute into the second half. Neymar also started the move that led to Willian scoring in the 73rd.

Neymar’s Barcelona team-mate Dani Alves had struck Brazil’s second goal with a right-footed shot in the 40th. Brazil had struggled until the first goal and fans had started to jeer their team at the Serra Dourada Stadium in the central city of Goiânia.

It was Brazil’s second-to-last match before the World Cup opener against Croatia on 12 June in São Paulo. The five-times world champions play Serbia on Friday, also in São Paulo.

Panama were in control and created most of the scoring chances in the early stages before Neymar was pulled down at the edge of the area for the foul that led to his goal. He curled a right-footed shot over the wall and into the top left corner of the net.

Several times Neymar turned to the fans and asked them to cheer and keep supporting the team. The squad was loudly applauded after the final whistle.

Brazil were already playing better when Alves’s shot from outside the area found the far corner, and then Hulk took advantage of Neymar’s back-heel to score the third goal with a low cross shot.

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