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  • September 10, 2012
  • • 9:00 PM
  • • Estádio Jóse do Rego Maciel, Recife, Pernambuco
  • Referee: Roberto Silvera
  • • Attendance: 29658

Live Commentary

  • Full time is called and the torture is finally over for the hapless visitors. Brazil will enjoy a result that will ease pressure on Menezes, the partnership of Hulk, Neymar and Oscar an added bonus for the relieved coach.
  • 89'
    So late in the game for China's best chance!! Zhang Yuan's shot goes agonisingly past Alves' post.
  • 87'
    This game is little more than a training ground exercise now, Brazil knocking the ball around with impudence and authority while their opponents chase.
  • 85'
    Damiao!!! The Inter striker makes space out wide, but can only find the side netting with his effort.
  • 84'
    Brazil's next test will come in a two-game series against Argentina, only using domestic players.
  • 83'
    Substitute Sandro tries to inspire his team to more (!) but his cross is cleared.
  • 82'
    SubstitutionOscar Leandro Damião
  • 81'
    A fantastic reception for Oscar, who is taken off for Damiao. The ex-Internacional playmaker was inspired today, at the heart of everything Brazil created.
  • 80'
    SubstitutionXuri Zhao Feng Renliang
  • 80'
    This is, however, comfortably the heaviest defeat suffered by China. The record had previously belonged to the United States, who won 5-0 back in 1992.
  • 79'
    SubstitutionGao Lin Yang Xu
  • 79'
    SubstitutionRômulo Sandro
  • 78'
    At this point it's worth mentioning that we are still some distance from Brazil's record victory. That came in 1975, with a 14-0 destruction of Nicaragua.
  • 77'
    SubstitutionDavid Luiz Réver
  • 76'
    Penalty Goal Oscar
    And that's eight. Oscar is handed the ball after running the show all evening, and drives into the bottom corner to get the goal he so magnificently deserved.
  • 74'
    Penalty Brazil!!! Marcelo is felled as he tries to link onto another great Oscar ball.
  • 73'
    A flurry of Brazil subs with Mano thinking, not unreasonably, that the game is more or less in the bag!!!
  • 72'
    SubstitutionNeymar Jr. Jonas
  • 72'
    A sumptuous move from Lucas Moura who combined with Marcelo to break into the area. Liu Jianye jumps into a despairing tackle, but only succeeds in poking the ball past his own keeper and further widening the margin.
  • 71'
    SubstitutionDaniel Alves Adriano
  • 70'
    Own Goal Jianye Liu
  • 70'
    Alves!!! Great save for the keeper in what must be his first action of the evening. Diego reacted quickly after a corner was deflected wickedly into his path, maintaining the clean sheet.
  • 69'
    China look to create something from a free kick, but Dede beats Zhi Ting to the ball and clears for a corner.
  • 68'
    China meanwhile have already crashed out of World Cup qualifying, and you have to wonder what the next move is for Camacho after such a bruising reverse. The Asians have showed almost nothing tonight, outclassed across the field.
  • 66'
    China are saved by the bootlaces, Neymar marauds forward and looks to play in Marcelo but a stray foot just breaks up the attack.
  • 65'
    The perfect response for Brazil here after they were so heavily savaged following that result against South Africa. Neymar was one of the players singled out, but he has come back with proof, if any was needed, of his quality.
  • 64'
    Ramires is given a rousing ovation as he become the first substitute of the evening, replaced by Arouca. The Recife crowd is really enjoying tself here.
  • 62'
    SubstitutionRamires Arouca
  • 62'
    All far too easy for the youngster, who is left to sidefoot home past the despairing keeper and seal his third. That marks his 12th goal in senior Brazil colours.
  • 61'
  • 60'
    Assist Oscar
  • 60'
    Goal Neymar Jr.
  • 60'
    Neymar again runs the China defence ragged, but Cheng saves.
  • 58'
    SubstitutionHao Junmin Zhang Yuan
  • 58'
    Taking away the difference in opposition quality, the inclusion of Hulk has really made an impact here. The Zenit star never stops running, and he disrupts the defence in a way Damiao has not been able to with his more static play.
  • 56'
    Neymar is not content and is seeking a hat-trick. A good header, but Cheng this time covers.
  • 54'
    Assist Marcelo
  • 54'
    Goal Neymar Jr.
  • 54'
    Marcelo has far too much space on the left and he drives low into the box. Neymar sneaks between the defence and gleefully converts for his second, Brazil's fifth. How many will they notch now?
  • 52'
    Goal Hulk
  • 52'
    This could get embarrassing. Neymar's effort from distance is denied by the bar, but the ball falls straight to the Incredible who drives into the net with no mistake.
  • 50'
    Oscar!!! A half-volley from the midfielder forces a decent save from Cheng, the kid really deserves a goal for what has been a superb display.
  • 49'
    Assist Hulk
  • 49'
    Goal Lucas
  • 49'
    A simply wonderful passage of play. Oscar finds Hulk with a pass through the defender's legs, and the striker has the presence of mind to find Lucas steaming outside him. No hesitation from Lucas, as he slides the ball into the net for 3-0.
  • 47'
    Both teams are unchanged, as the Selecao look to get straight onto the attack.
  • 46'
    China get us underway now for the second half. Can they keep the scoreline respectable after a torrid opening?
  • A sign made by fans declaring 'Neymar, best player in the world' greets the Santos phenomenon as he and Brazil retake the field for the second half.
  • 45' + 1'
    That shot is the last action of the half, we go into the break with Brazil dominating proceedings and leading 2-0.
  • 45'
    Zhao Xuri tries to galvanise the Chinese with a long-range bomb, which flies high and wide of Diego Alves' goal.
  • 44'
    An ambitious strike from Marcelo, who tries to volley home but balloons over the bar.
  • 43'
    China will be relieved to hear the half time whistle in a couple of minutes, they are being outclassed at the moment and Lucas is the latest to try his luck with some silky skills on the left.
  • 41'
    Unbelievable from Neymar! He bamboozles the Chinese defence and looks set to add a third, but waited too long and sees his effort cleared.
  • 40'
    David Luiz this time gets onto another top-class ball from Oscar, but heads wide. Chinese marking is non-existent at the moment.
  • 38'
    Oscar's corner then finds Dede again, whose effort is cleared off the line by Liu Jian.
  • 37'
    DEDE! Alves, opts for the cross, and the Vasco defender hits the post with his header .
  • 36'
    A free kick from some 40m, and Dani Alves is rubbing his hands with glee...
  • 34'
    2-0 to Brazil then, and in all honesty it should already be four. China are no way near the level shown by South Africa previously, but this is also a much more enterprising, direct Selecao and they are reaping the rewards.
  • 32'
    How did that not go in???? Neymar does brilliantly to get to the byline and square, but Oscar's strike hits the underside of the bar and flies safe. Incredibly bad luck for the No. 10!
  • 30'
    Lucas plays a lovely one-two with Neymar and is nearly through, but the new PSG signing is thwarted just as he can see the goal.
  • 29'
    Romulo is indignant to be called up for a foul on the edge of the box, but it's a China free kick all the same. Hao Junmin tries his luck but the ball is deflected away for a corner.
  • 27'
    The 20-year-old couldn't miss that one, he was set up perfectly by Oscar with a neat pass and calmly knocked into an empty net. 2-0 Brazil, and this is looking ominous for the visitors.
  • 26'
    Assist Oscar
  • 26'
    Goal Neymar Jr.
  • 24'
    A big goal there for Mano's men, that should give them a bit of confidence and security on the pitch.
  • 23'
    Assist Oscar
  • 23'
    Goal Ramires
  • 23'
    The Chelsea battler came out of nowhere to surge into the box and past two Chinese markers. As Cheng came out, Ramires put in the most delicate lob to send the ball agonisingly into the net. 1-0 Brazil.
  • 20'
    Almost Lucas!!! The youngster releases a devillish shot from deep, which Cheng beats away with his fists.
  • 19'
    HULK!!!! The striker sees Cheng off his line and chips towards the net, only to put it just, just over.
  • 18'
    Hulk has the chance, but his effort is well saved by Zeng Cheng in goal.
  • 17'
    Brazil however stay firm in defence, and some five China players are offside as the ball goes back into the area.
  • 16'
    Dede goes in clumsily on Gao Lin, and this is a good free kick for China.
  • 15'
    Oscar takes the ball from 30m out from Neymar and has a sight of goal. The Chelsea man goes for glory, but the shot flies harmlessly over.
  • 13'
    David Luiz does well cleaning up at the back after Romulo lost possession, and he wins a free kick from Zhao Xuri.
  • 11'
    China playing very deep here as to be expected, but so far they've withstood the Canarinha onslaught.
  • 9'
    Hulk is doing well to drift wide and cause mischief on the sidelines. He puts another decent cross in, but this time it's cleared.
  • 8'
    Brazil are coming out here with a point to prove. Dani Alves tries his luck from deep, but shoots well wide.
  • 8'
    Luiz again from the corner, he controls well and surges to goal. The Chelsea man falls and the crowd wants a penalty, but the referee doesn't bite.
  • 7'
    Luiz gets something on the cross, but it's behind for a corner.
  • 6'
    The Santos man looks to redeem himself, and wins a dangerous free kick off Peng.
  • 6'
    Nooooo Neymar!!! The striker had the goal at his mercy after Hulk's cross, but his header grazed the post. Should be 1-0.
  • 5'
    Marcelo whips in a free-kick from deep, but the ball somehow misses a sea of yellow shirts and is cleared.
  • 4'
    David Luiz pumps a decidedly unBrazilian long ball up from the back, to the annoyance of his team-mates.
  • 3'
    Oscar tries to work down the right, but his cross is too deep.
  • 1'
    And we're off! Brazil get us moving in Pernambuco.
  • The anthems are finished, we're only a few minutes away from what is a must, must, must-win for the South Americans.
  • Neymar and Co. were booed throughout Friday's game, but the Recife crowd are giving them a warm reception here as they take the field.
  • That Brazil team in full reads... Diego Alves; Dani Alves, David Luiz, Dede, Marcelo; Romulo, Ramires; Oscar, Lucas; Neymar, Hulk.
  • The Selecao were given a torrid time by South Africa on Friday, but managed to squeak through 1-0 thanks to Hulk's solitary goal. The Zenit man starts today alongside Neymar.
  • Hello and welcome to Pernambuco for Brazil vs. China. A special shout for anyone in Europe, Africa and Asia burning the midnight or early morning oil to take in this friendly match, I applaud the commitment!