Friday 6 December 2019

Neymar brace puts Dunga's men on course for five in a row

Brazil's Neymar celebrates his second goal against Turkey during their international friendly at Sukru Saracoglu stadium in Istanbul
Brazil's Neymar celebrates his second goal against Turkey during their international friendly at Sukru Saracoglu stadium in Istanbul
Neymar in action during Brazil's friendly with Turkey at Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in Istanbul Newsdesk Newsdesk

Neymar scored a goal in each half to lead Brazil to a 4-0 win over Turkey in a friendly last night, giving coach Dunga his fifth win in a row since returning to the national team after the World Cup.

Neymar broke the deadlock in the 21st minute in Istanbul and rounded off the scoring in the 60th minutes. In between, Turkey defender Semih Kaya scored an own goal and Chelsea midfielder Willian netted.

The Turkish crowd loudly chanted Neymar's name after his second goal and jeered the home side during parts of the match.

Brazil have won every game since Dunga took over after their disappointing home World Cup. They had previously beaten Colombia, Ecuador, Argentina and Japan, scoring 12 goals and conceding none.

The five-time world champions will play their final match of the year on Tuesday against Austria in Vienna.

Turkey haven't won in Istanbul in seven matches, over a two-year period. They have also made a slow start in European Championship qualifying - they are bottom of their group with only one point from three matches.


Neymar opened the scoring after a perfect 40-metre pass by Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho. The Barcelona striker controlled the ball with his chest before surging into the area and sliding the ball into the corner.

His second goal followed a one-two with Willian. Kaya turned the ball into his own net while trying to block a cross by Danilo. Willian scored with a low shot after Neymar set him up.

Meanwhile, Lionel Messi got the winner from the spot as Argentina beat Croatia 2-1 at Upton Park.

Romelu Lukaku and Divock Origi - on loan from Liverpool at Lille - netted in Belgium's 3-1 win at home to Iceland.

Former Arsenal striker Carlos Vela scored twice as Mexico beat the Netherlands 3-2 in a friendly to hand Guus Hiddink's team their fourth defeat in five matches since he took over.

Hiddink has hinted that he will quit if his team loses Sunday's qualifier to Latvia.

Vela, playing his first international in more than two years, scored in the eighth and 62nd minutes after Wesley Sneijder had briefly equalised for the hosts. Javier Hernandez made it 3-1 in the 69th minute. Daley Blind's deflected drive reduced the deficit five minutes later.

Norway slumped to a 1-0 defeat at home to Estonia in a friendly to increase the pressure on coach Per-Mathias Hogmo. Fifteen-year-old prodigy Martin Odegaard, who is being chased by a host of top clubs, came on for Norway after 57 minutes and brought a much-needed creative spark, but to no avail.

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