(Reuters) - Substitute Neymar scored two second-half goals to inspire Brazil to a 4-1 win over the United States in Massachusetts on Tuesday.
The Barcelona striker came on at half time with his side ahead 1-0 quickly doubling their lead with a penalty then grabbed his 46th international goal in 67 international appearances a few minutes later.
Playing at the Foxborough home of the New England Patriots NFL team, Brazil took the lead after eight minutes thanks to Hulk, the Zenit St. Petersburg striker who was recalled to the squad this month after a year out in the cold.
Willian whipped over a cross that came back off the upright and Hulk was on hand eight meters out to fire home his second goal in two games.
Brazil caused the U.S. all sorts of problems on the wings, with Marcelo forcing Brad Guzan into two good saves from the left and Willian turning one of his best ever international performances on the right.
However, they needed the brilliance of substitute Neymar to get a second goal.
The Barcelona striker was fouled in the box by Geoff Cameron after 49 minutes and he stroked home the spot kick.
Another two substitutes combined with some lovely football to get Brazil’s third in the 63rd minute.
Paris St. Germain’s Lucas Moura dribbled down the left wing and his through ball was controlled by debutant Rafinha, whose back heel bamboozled the U.S. defense and gave him just enough space to flick the ball past Guzman.
Neymar made it 4-0 three minutes later when he managed to evade a clutch of defenders inside the box and slip the ball home from 10 meters out.
Danny Williams fired home a consolation goal for the U.S. from long-range in the final minute.
The victory was Brazil’s 15th win over the U.S. in 16 encounters and was their last match before they kick off their World Cup qualifying campaign away to Copa America winners Chile on Oct 8.
They then face Venezuela at home five days later but are likely to be without Neymar who is suspended for both games.
The next match for the U.S. is the Oct. 10 play off against Mexico to decide which of the teams will represent the CONCACAF region in the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.
Writing by Andrew Downie; Editing by Julian Linden