An impressive 2014 FIFA World Cup™ hosts Brazil humbled Honduras 5-0 in an international friendly, showing their also-qualified rivals the steep challenge they will face next June.
With typical Samba flair and flashy footwork, the Brazilians used pinpoint passing to dissect a physical, tough-tackling Central American side before 71,124 spectators at the home stadium of American football's Miami Dolphins - Florida's largest-ever football crowd.
Honduras pulled no punches in the early going, with playmaker Neymar bearing the brunt of the exchanges, including a foul from Wilson Palacios that drew a yellow card in the 17th minute.
The South Americans opened the scoring in the 22nd minute through Shakhtar Donetsk playmaker Bernard, who charged into the heart of the penalty area from the left wing to meet a perfect Paulinho pass from the right.
Dante headed home Brazil's second goal in the 55th minute off a Neymar free kick and Maicon netted his first goal since 2010 in the 66th minute to give Brazil a 3-0 edge. In the 70th minute, Hulk delivered a deadly set-up pass from the left side of the area to Willian, who tapped the ball home from point-blank range for a 4-0 Brazil lead.
But Brazil's playmakers saved their best for last. Willian, Ramires and Robinho each executed back-heel passes around Honduran defenders near the outer edge of the penalty area that set the stage for Hulk to hammer a left-footed shot into the back of the met from the heart of the area.
Brazil will face South American rival Chile, also bound for the World Cup, in another friendly on Tuesday in Toronto, Canada.