New-look Brazil down USA
Neymar, the 18-year-old Santos phenomenon, had just switched with Robinho and moved from the left flank to the centre when he opened the scoring. Andre Santos came down the left side and crossed, and Neymar beat Jonathan Bornstein and sent a header inside goalkeeper Tim Howard's left post in the 28th minute. Pato added a second goal in first-half injury time when a ball from Ramires' split Bornstein and Carlos Bocanegra, and the 20-year-old AC Milan forward was left with only Howard to beat.
Both of Brazil's scorers were overlooked by Dunga for his FIFA World Cup squad despite public outcry for their selection in Brazil. Dunga was sacked in the wake of Brazil's 2-1 quarter-final loss to the Netherlands last month and replaced by Mano Menezes, who promised to restore "The Beautiful Game" as Brazil begins the build-up to hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The friendly attracted a near-capacity crowd of 77,223 to the New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey. Brazil's young, quick players showed flashes of the deft game that Brazil abandoned for defensiveness in South Africa with the youngsters from South America out-playing their older USA opponents.
Both teams had a goal disallowed. Pato headed the ball into the goal in the 32nd minute but crashed into Howard. Michael Bradley was ruled offside after beating goalkeeper Victor on a header in the 57th minute off a cross from Sacha Kljestan following a Landon Donovan corner. Ganso, Victor and defender David Luiz also made their international debuts for Brazil, along with substitutes Andre, Ederson and Jucilei.
Robinho, one of four remaining players from South Africa 2010, slid the ball past backup USA goalkeeper Brad Guzan in the 53rd minute but it bounced off the post. Guzan saved an angled shot by Neymar in the 61st and made a diving save on Neymar nine minutes later. Seven minutes from full-time Guzan dived again to deny Carlos Eduardo.
The match was held in the new $1.6b stadium that will host its first NFL games next month. The match may have been the last home outing for USA coach Bob Bradley, with his contract due to expire in December.