Sunday, 27 March 2011

Its Neymar Game - Neymar kick The Show As South Americans Turn On





     Brazil 2-0 Scotland: Neymar kick The Show As South Americans Turn On The Style Against Craig Levein’s SideHighlyHighly promising youngster Neymar stole the show at the Emirates by deservedly scoring his second and third goals for Brazil, in just his third cap, to seal a dominant display against Scotland on Sunday.
    Despite being nearly 6000 miles away from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil controlled the game like a home tie with their overpowering domination.

    The only surprise was that it took until the 42nd minute for them to break the deadlock, but it was no surprise who converted it. The highly sought after 19-year-old Neymar was involved in every Brazilian attack and finally got the goal he deserved when he skipped onto a Santos pass, trotted into the penalty area from the left-hand side and slammed the ball past Allan McGregor.

    Despite numerous opportunities to add to their tally beforehand, Brazil had to wait until a clumsy challenge from Charlie Adam brought down Neymar inside the penalty area, that the striker cooly slotted home.

    Scotland started the most assured, enjoying the early stages by holding the most possession with neat passing play, but without any real threat of penetration.

    But it wasn’t long before Brazil get hold of the game, with their first real attempt at goal coming after just eight minutes when a wayward pass from Charlie Adam was pounced on by the hugely exciting youngster Neymar to take on Alan Hutton then find Lucas on the edge of the penalty area to blaze over the bar.

    From then on it was all Brazil, with Scotland camped inside their half as wave after wave of South American flair came their way.

    Despite their domination, the essence of this being a friendly was evident. The build-up with played at a walking pace, with Neymar lighting up the show with lightning fast feet inside the final third.

    Brazil should have gone ahead on 19 minutes when Elano carved open the Scottish defence with a smart pass for Jadson  to try a low drive at goal that McGregor spilled, only to see Neymar slip at the vital moment six yards out with the goal begging. Chance gone.

    Only minutes later and Brazil came ever closer when striker Leandro Damiao, first, rose highest at a corner to head the ball off the top of the crossbar, before, the same routine seeing another header fly past the far post.

    Whereas Brazil could only blame themselves for not scoring thus far, they had a fairly strong shout for a penalty just before the half hour. Lucas, with all the time and space in the world, reached the byline and slammed the ball into the six-yard box only for it to deflect up off the diving McGregor and on to the arm of Gary Caldwell with Neymar lying in wait just behind him for a simple tap-in. Caldwell knew nothing about it but it denied a goal scoring opportunity.

    Steven Whittaker suffered a torrid time against the sharp and spritely Elano all game, and the former-Manchester City player took every opportunity that the full-back gave him as, just before half-time, he dinked a smart pass through to Neymar to swivel and shoot inside the area only for an impressive double-challenge from Charlie Adam and Caldwell to deny him.

    It wasn’t long before the youngster had his goal though. He was pulling the strings all game and got his reward when he collected a low cross on the left-hand side of the area from Santos, took a touch and simply steers a shot beyond McGregor for his second goal in his third cap.

    The second half started exactly how the first half ended with Adam losing possession and Brazil pouncing with Neymar, for the youngster to smash a drive from the edge of the area just over the bar.

    Less than a minute later and again Scotland got away with gifting possession to their opponents. James McArthur’s lazy play allowed Ramires to try and find Neymar inside the area, only for McGregor to get his fingertips to the ball to divert it away, before getting his body in the way of a thumping follow-up from Leandro Damiao.

    Yet again Brazil poured forward, with the ball worked to Jadson, in space on the right side of the area. With more-or-less the entire Brazil team begging for a pass to slot home Jadson opted for the free Ramires who unfortunately, despite being a mere eight yards out, sent the ball over the bar and nearly out of the stadium.

    It was unrelenting from the Brazilians, with Scotland striker Kenny Miller, arguably, coming off the worst with just seven touches of the ball in the first 60 minutes. Elano swung in yet another corner for Brazil on the hour mark, and yet again Leandro was allowed a free header inside the area due to non-existent Scottish marking. Luckily for Craig Levein and company it sailed wide.

    Scotland won their first corner a couple of minutes later to huge cheers from the Scottish support, when James Morrison dart towards goal was cut out by Ramires, but Adam couldn’t capatilise as his driven delivery was easily snuffed out.

    Five minutes later and the Blackpool captain saw a glimpse of goal himself when he found himself with enough space around 25 yards out, but it sailed a few yards above the right-angle of the Brazilian goal.

    Scotland were showing signs of a more confident team after finally getting out of their own half and won another corner as the game entered the final 20 minutes, but again Adam’s delivery was cleared with ease by the imposing Lucio.

    Any chance of a late Scotland revival was firmly put to bed when Neymar added his and Brazil’s second from the penalty spot on 76 minutes. A clumsy challenge from Adam brought down the youngster when he was trying to control a strong Elano pass and referee Howard Webb did not hesitate to point to the spot for the clear foul. Neymar picked himself up and showed the confidence of a seasoned profession to slot past McGregor to kick start the carnival atmosphere in north London.

    The game ambled towards its conclusion from then on, it being a friendly after all, but not before Barry Bannan went close with a 25-yard freekick in the closing stages, but it was too close to Julio Cesar in the Brazil goal.

    But the day belonged to Brazil, and more importantly Neymar, who showed and lived up to every inch of his much talked about talent. A real star in the making.

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