Neymer, Firmino lead Brazil over US 2-0 in exhibition

Neymar named permanent Brazil captain by coach Tite

Neymar will start in the attack alongside Roberto Firmino and Douglas Costa and the trio will be a handful for the US backline.

Playing in New Jersey for the first time since losing to Costa Rica in a World Cup qualifier at Red Bull Arena last September, the USA did not force a save from goalkeeper Alisson until the 71st minute.

Neymar and Brazilian teammates showed young American players how large a gap they must overcome.

Neymar won a free-kick from the Newcastle United defender during Brazil's 2-0 win, and Yedlin was unhappy with the way in which he hit the deck.

Neymar is going to get a lot of this.

Neymar was criticised widely in Russian Federation for the way he went to ground too easily as Brazil disappointed in the competition, and it was a similar story in the 2-0 win over the United States.

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.

Friday's fixture was the start of an evolution, not a revolution for Brazil following their shock quarter-final exit at the World Cup, with only Neymar, Alisson, Philippe Coutinho and Thiago Silva remaining from the starting XI that faced Belgium. The temporary grass field installed over the artificial turf had some brown patches and was immediately removed to prepare for the New York Giants' opener Sunday against Jacksonville.

Steffen kicked out his left foot in the 51st minute to save Neymar's 6-yard shot off a pass from Costa, and Miazga cleared the ball off the line.

Yedlin could feature for his country again when United States of America host Mexico in Tennessee on Tuesday night. The U.S. also plays England and Italy in November.

Paris Saint-Germain star forward Neymar Jr. on Friday had been named as full-time captain by the Brazilian national football team head coach Tite.

Arthur, Lucas Paqueta and Richarlison made their Brazil debuts in the second half, and Dede made his first appearance in five years.

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