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Five-star Brazil hammer Honduras

Five-star Brazil hammer Honduras

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By Eurosport - The 17/11/2013 at 08:38
International Friendly, Sun Life Stadium, Miami – Honduras 0 Brazil 5 (Bernard 22', Dante 55', Maicon 65', Willian 70', Hulk 74')
 

A rampant Brazil scored four second-half goals to give them a convincing 5-0 win over Honduras in Miami.

Neymar was at the heart of everything Brazil did in the attacking third until his substitution, but it was Bernard, Dante, Maicon, Willian and Hulk that scored Brazil's goals.

Without the injured quartet of Marcelo, Thiago Silva, Dani Alves and Fred, Luiz Felipe Scolari still named a strong team for his side's first match against Honduras in a decade. David Luiz captained the side, with Neymar starting in a front three alongside Jo and Bernard.

After a slow and steady start to the match, Honduras actually came close to opening the scoring early on - a Jerry Bengston header leaving Victor stranded in the Brazil goal, but the ball drifted just over, with Jorge Claros also shooting wide from range.

However, that seemed to spur the Selecao into action, and ten minutes later Brazil had their lead. Paulinho was the provider, his low cross from the right finding Bernard in far too much space. The Shakhtar Donetsk winger crashed the ball home with his right foot, possibly via a deflection from his left boot.

From that moment on, Brazil were completely dominant. Valladares rushed out well to thwart Bernard, whilst Neymar forced a fine save from the goalkeeper, the Barcelona star clattered after shooting on goal. If Neymar was unlucky not to get a penalty in that incident, his poor fortune continued three minutes before the break. After drifting past his man, Neymar was clearly held back by Bernardez, but the referee failed to answer his pleas.

Brazil picked up where they left off after half-time, and it was only ten minutes until they doubled their lead. Neymar was fouled out wide, and Willian's cross was headed home by Dante, via two deflections.

A whole raft of subs could easily have slowed down Brazil's progress, but that could not be further from the truth, as Scolari's side added three goals in 15 minutes from the hour mark onwards. Firstly, Maicon was able to tap home after a Paulinho shot was saved well by Valladares, before Willian scored his first international goal - a Hulk pull-back allowing him to slot home from six yards.

Finally, Hulk then turned from provider to finisher, turning nicely in the area before passing past a desperate goalkeeper with his left foot. They even had time to squeeze in a Robinho effort off the post in between as Honduras were put to the sword.

The game rather meandered to a close, but with Honduras evidently desperate for the final whistle, Ramires and Hulk both came close to adding a sixth. The former had his dinked shot saved by Valladares, whilst the latter also forced the goalkeeper into a smart stop as Brazil effectively declared at five.

 
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