In their international friendly on Wednesday, the US got a good look at what will make Brazil so dangerous heading into this summer's festivities in London.
Twenty-year-old budding superstar Neymar tallied a goal and two assists in Brazil's 4-1 win over a lackluster American squad, lending credence to the idea that he just might be his country's X-factor in the Olympics.
Neymar tallied his first goal on a penalty kick at the 12th minute but looked even better setting up his teammates, particularly on a corner kick to Thiago Silva that put Brazil up by two. After Herculez Gomez got the US back within one at the end of the first half, Neymar gave Brazil some insurance when he set up Marcelo in the second.
The US may have gotten itself into a hole early, but Neymar kept digging them deeper and deeper until there was no hope of a comeback, which is something he'll doubtlessly hope to do this summer as Brazil makes a bid for the gold.
After the win, Neymar gave credit to the US for being a tough opponent—a diplomatic, if not entirely truthful, move. He told the Associated Press, "It's not every day that one can come and apply all sorts of dribbles, between the legs, over the head. It was a good test to play with a tough team like the US."
With the win, Brazil improves to 16-1 against the US, outscoring the Americans 35-11. While the US has obviously always had trouble with Brazil, the young superstar is bound to give his nation yet another weapon to use this summer. It's bad news for the rest of the world as it faces a team that has won the World Cup a record five times yet has never won a gold medal at the Olympics.
Maybe Neymar is the missing piece Brazil needs.
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