LANDOVER, Maryland – Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Richarlison – who scored a brace – shined on Tuesday as Brazil crushed El Salvador 5-0 in a soccer friendly in Landover, Maryland.
Neymar opened by scoring on a penalty in the 4th minute, apart from making two assists and stamping his authority as captain.
A Neymar assist helped Richarlison – making his first international start – score in the 16th minute and another led to Coutinho making it 3-0 in the 30th.
Richarlison sent in a second goal in the 51st minute on a Coutinho setup, while Marquinhos joined the party in the 90th, completing Brazil’s dominance.
The 72nd ranked El Salvador were no match for Brazil’s star-studded attack, despite showing some resilience in the second half.
Brazil manager Tite brought in Everton, Paqueta and Willian to replace Douglas Costa, Coutinho and Richarlison after the 4th goal.
Both teams observed a minute of silence before the starting whistle in memory of victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the US.
In its next outing, Brazil will visit Saudi Arabia to play a friendly with the hosts on Oct. 12.