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Brazil v Colombia: Neymar gives Dunga winning start

Neymar
Neymar was captaining Brazil for the first time

Neymar scored the only goal of the game seven minutes from time as Dunga's second spell as Brazil boss began with a win over 10-man Colombia in Miami.

Barcelona forward Neymar curled home a free-kick to give the Selecao victory in their first game since finishing fourth at their home World Cup.

Colombia had been reduced to 10 men on 49 minutes, when Juan Cuadrado was sent off for a second bookable offence.

New Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao featured for 13 minutes.

The 28-year-old, who joined the Red Devils on loan for £6m on transfer deadline day, missed the World Cup after sustaining anterior cruciate ligament damage in January.

But his return as a late substitute for Colombia failed to prevent Neymar, captaining his country for the first time, from taking centre stage in front of a 73,429 crowd at Sun Life Stadium.

Two months after a challenge from Colombia's Juan Zuniga ended his World Cup at the quarter-final stage, the two players hugged on the pitch before kick-off.

Despite that, there was no shortage of tough tackles, with seven players booked.

Brazil had the better of the chances, and Diego Tardelli had a first-half effort ruled out for offside, but they could not find a way through until Neymar's late intervention.

Falcao had a a late opportunity to equalise, but could not divert his close-range header on target.

Dunga, who succeeded Luiz Felipe Scolari, said. "It is always good to win, especially with the criticism after the World Cup, some of which was very strong.

"This will help the players to regain self-esteem and confidence."

Neymar scores the winning goal for Brazil in their 1-0 friendly victory over Colombia.
Neymar's winning goal against Colombia was his 36th goal in 55 appearances for Brazil
Neymar celebrates his winning goal for Brazil in their 1-0 friendly victory over Colombia.
Neymar's goal gave Brazil a repeat of the win they enjoyed against Colombia in the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup
Neymar shakes hands with Colombia striker Radamel Falcao
New Manchester United loan signing Radamel Falcao could make his Red Devils debut against QPR next Sunday

Line-ups

Brazil

  • 1Jefferson
  • 2Maicon
  • 3Miranda
  • 4David LuizSubstituted forMarquinhosat 80'minutes
  • 6Filipe Luis
  • 8RamiresBooked at 29minsSubstituted forMendes Trindadeat 45'minutes
  • 17Luiz GustavoBooked at 33minsSubstituted forFernandinhoat 45'minutes
  • 19WillianSubstituted forde Barros Ribeiroat 72'minutes
  • 11OscarSubstituted forCoutinhoat 72'minutes
  • 10Neymar
  • 9Tardelli MartinsSubstituted forRobinhoat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Fernandinho
  • 7Robinho
  • 12Barbosa
  • 13Marquinhos
  • 14Nascimento Silva
  • 15Marcelo
  • 16Danilo
  • 18de Barros Ribeiro
  • 20Goulart Pereira
  • 21Coutinho
  • 22Mendes Trindade

Colombia

  • 1Ospina
  • 18ZuñigaBooked at 39minsSubstituted forMejíaat 73'minutes
  • 23ValdésBooked at 45mins
  • 2Zapata
  • 7Armero
  • 5Leão RamírezSubstituted forAriasat 45'minutes
  • 6SánchezBooked at 30minsSubstituted forRamosat 85'minutes
  • 11CuadradoBooked at 49mins
  • 10RodríguezSubstituted forFalcaoat 77'minutes
  • 19GutiérrezBooked at 56minsSubstituted forBaccaat 65'minutes
  • 21MartínezSubstituted forGuarínat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Arias
  • 8Aguilar
  • 9Falcao
  • 12Vargas
  • 13Guarín
  • 15Quintero
  • 16Balanta
  • 17Bacca
  • 20Ramos
  • 22Muriel
  • 24Ibarbo
  • 25Mejía
  • 26Carbonero
Referee:
David Gantar

Match Stats

Home TeamBrazilAway TeamColombia
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home15
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home19
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Brazil 1, Colombia 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brazil 1, Colombia 0.

Offside, Brazil. Miranda tries a through ball, but Everton Ribeiro is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Pablo Armero (Colombia) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Colombia. Conceded by Maicon.

Attempt missed. Neymar (Brazil) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Fernandinho.

Corner, Brazil. Conceded by Fredy Guarín.

Attempt blocked. Robinho (Brazil) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Neymar.

Offside, Brazil. Philippe Coutinho tries a through ball, but Neymar is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Colombia. Adrián Ramos replaces Carlos Sánchez.

Foul by Filipe Luis (Brazil).

Fredy Guarín (Colombia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Brazil 1, Colombia 0. Neymar (Brazil) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Hand ball by Cristian Zapata (Colombia).

Substitution

Substitution, Brazil. Marquinhos replaces David Luiz because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match David Luiz (Brazil) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Colombia. Falcao replaces James Rodríguez.

Substitution

Substitution, Brazil. Robinho replaces Diego Tardelli.

Foul by Philippe Coutinho (Brazil).

Fredy Guarín (Colombia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Filipe Luis (Brazil).

Fredy Guarín (Colombia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Colombia. Alexander Mejía replaces Juan Zuñiga.

Substitution

Substitution, Brazil. Everton Ribeiro replaces Willian.

Substitution

Substitution, Brazil. Philippe Coutinho replaces Oscar.

Filipe Luis (Brazil) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Fredy Guarín (Colombia).

Hand ball by Santiago Arias (Colombia).

David Luiz (Brazil) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Carlos Valdés (Colombia).

Foul by Fernandinho (Brazil).

Pablo Armero (Colombia) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Colombia. Fredy Guarín replaces Jackson Martínez.

Substitution

Substitution, Colombia. Carlos Bacca replaces Teófilo Gutiérrez.

Foul by Filipe Luis (Brazil).

Santiago Arias (Colombia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Filipe Luis (Brazil) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Juan Zuñiga (Colombia) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Pablo Armero.

Attempt missed. Miranda (Brazil) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Willian with a cross following a corner.

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