Neymar Scores on a Penalty Kick as Brazil Dominates the U.S.

USMNT player Shaq Moore

USMNT player Shaq Moore

Neymar and Roberto Firmino scored first-half goals, and Brazil overwhelmed the United States 2-0 on Friday night in an exhibition before a sparse crowd at MetLife Stadium.

However, it was Douglas Costa who was the star of the show, the Juventus forward's pace and power setting up Firmino to open the scoring in the 11th minute.

Roberto Firmino took his global tally to eight goals with a fine volley in the 11th minute before Neymar doubled the lead from the spot two minutes prior to half-time after Brazil were awarded a contentious penalty - Fabinho going to ground under minimal contact. New general manager Earnie Stewart said this week a permanent coach will be announced later this year.

McKennie, who nearly pulled a goal back late in the first half, saw further opportunities spurned as Brazil beat U.S. for the 18th time in 19 meetings.

Liverpool recruit Fabinho went to ground under minimal contact and Neymar - unfazed by the protests - casually converted from the spot.

Brazil forward Roberto Firmino (20) celebrates his goal against the United States with Brazil forward Neymar. The Paris St-Germain star caused controversy with his diving during the summer's World Cup in Russian Federation and the Brazilian was involved in another comical incident on Saturday. Wil Trapp appeared to give him the slightest of pushes and Fabinho tumbled past Brooks. Neymar scored at MetLife eight years ago in his worldwide debut.

Neymar stutter-stepped in his run-up, Steffen dove to his right and the striker softly kicked the ball in the other way. The best USA chance was McKennie's left-footed shot off a Kellyn Acosta pass in the 66th, which went wide.

Ousmane Dembele - signed to replace Neymar - has impressed for Barcelona in the early stages of the 2018-19 campaign. "You do a lot of chasing".

The temporary grass field installed over the artificial turf had some brown patches.

Neymar and Brazil will head to Landover in Maryland for Tuesday's friendly against minnows El Salvador, while US are set to face rivals Mexico in Nashville.

Selecao coach Tite made a series of changes after the break, handing Arthur, Lucas Paqueta, Richarlison and Everton their first minutes in a Brazil shirt. Dede entered in the 80th, his first appearance in five years.

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