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Brazil vs. Portugal: Score, Grades and Post-Match Reaction
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Brazil beat Portugal 3-1 in Foxborough on Tuesday night to complete what has been a highly successful international break for Luiz Felipe Scolari and his men.

Raul Meireles opened the scoring for the European side early in the first half following Brazilian right-back Maicon's terrible attempted header to his keeper.

However, the Confederations Cup winners were level minutes later, as Thiago Silva rose high to score from a corner, while Neymar would add a second with a terrific solo goal 10 minutes later.

With Brazil asserting a measure of control over the game, it was only a matter of time before they rounded off proceedings with a third goal, with Jo the man to convert following excellent work from left-back Maxwell.

Following the defeat to Switzerland last month, Felipao will be delighted with his side's response in securing two convincing victories over Australia and Portugal this time around.

 

Key Player Grades

Neymar: A-

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The outstanding player on the pitch in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar lit up the tie in Massachusetts with an all-action display and the game's real moment of quality for Brazil's second goal. The Barcelona player will be delighted with his night's work.

 

Paulinho: B+

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An excellent showing from the dynamic Tottenham midfielder, who provided excellent support to his side's attacking players and some strong defensive interventions. His industry was key to Brazil's showing on the night.

 

Thiago Silva: B+

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Another outstanding performance from a truly outstanding player. His equalising goal will take the headlines, but he was brilliant in his defensive work throughout.

 

Full Player Grades

Brazil
Player Position Grade
Julio Cesar GK C+
Maicon DR C-
Thiago Silva DC B+
David Luiz DC B
Maxwell DL B
Luiz Gustavo DM B
Paulinho DM B+
Ramires AMR B+
Bernard AMC B-
Neymar AML A-
Jo ST B+

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Portugal
Player Position Grade
Rui Patricio GK C
Joao Pereira DR B-
Bruno Alves DC C
Pepe DC B-
Fabio Coentrao DL B-
Joao Moutinho DM B
Miguel Veloso DM B
Raul Meireles MC B-
Nani AMR C+
Vieirinha AML C+
Nelson Oliveira ST C

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Match Reaction 

Neymar, per Lancenet (Portuguese)

Brazil and Portugal is a great spectacle, it's always a show. Portugal are a very strong side and they came hard at us. I am very happy with the team's performance, we were able to play good football.

 

Julio Cesar, per Lancenet (Portuguese)

I was sad because I was not able to save that shot [for the goal], but we need to take the team's reaction as a positive. We are on the right road.

 

Raul Meireles, per Record (Portuguese)

I thought he [Maicon] might misjudge the ball [ahead of he goal]. I was happy, I'd guessed right and was able to score. The game was very interesting. We started well, but Brazil are a great team who you cannot gift opportunities. They had three chances and scored three goals. We also created chances and we can take that from the game. It was a disappointing result for how we played.

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