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November 16, 2013
• 7:30 PM
• Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
Referee: D. Gantar
• Attendance: 71124
FULL TIME - Honduras 0-5 Brazil: Five different scorers for the Selecao see them secure a thoroughly impressive win over the Catrachos at the Sun Life Stadium. Scolari will be delighted with that result, but he may have more dilemmas when it comes to his next squad selection! That is it from me, Tom Webber, for tonight.
90' + 1'
The final whistle goes!
Another clumsy and needless tackle on Dante garners much frustration from the Brazilian side. They are not happy with how they've been treated.
GREAT STOP!! Willian picks up a loose pass in midfield and races forward before feeding Hulk to his left. The Zenit attacker sets himself before loosing a powerful effort towards the near post, but Valladares parries it behind.
Just five minutes left to play, but Brazil are still pushing forwards and looking to add to their tally this evening. Robinho makes a good run down the left and wins a corner for his team.
GOOD SAVE!! Robinho slips the ball out wide to Luiz Gustavo and then races into the box to try and get on the end of his cross. He fails to connect with it but Ramires picks it up at the back post. His first touch is heavy and he is unable to lift it over the onrushing Valladares with his second.
Ramires really didn't need to dive in there! The Chelsea man catches Figueroa, taking none of the ball but it is all the way up on the edge of the Honduras box. That will just relieve the pressure on the central Americans.
Scolari will be delighted with the performance of his players tonight. Robinho has had a brilliant return to the squad, while Hulk and Willian have also impressed. Maybe this will just raise more questions over his team for the World Cup next summer!
Brazil have taught Honduras a footballing lesson in this half, and they will be delighted given the physical nature of the game. That all seems to have subsided now as the fight has left Honduras. A chance for more goals, then?
GOOOOOAAAAL!! OH MY! What a goal that was. Ramires backheels the ball into Robinho, and he in turn heels a pass to Hulk. The Zenit man turns with a great first touch and slots the ball home in the far corner. A mesmeric goal from Brazil.
Juan Carlos García
OFF THE POST!! The Selecao almost have another as Hulk wins possession in the opposition half and then sets away Robinho. The AC Milan man puts the ball onto his right foot and curls an effort around Valladaraes, only to see it cannon back off the woodwork.
GOOOOOAAAAL!! Brilliant football from Brazil! Hulk is released down the left and he cuts the ball back to the penalty spot. Willian arrives and guides the ball past the keeper and just inside the far post for the fourth of the night.
The whole team came together to celebrate that goal, just as they did with Dante's earlier on. Interesting, given that Scolari has used 46 players so far since returning to the helm. Perhaps this has just been an especially good trip so far!
GOOOOOOAAAL!! Maicon adds the third! Paulinho has his initial effort saved by Valladares after Robinho's knock-down but Maicon is the first to react, slotting a simple finish home. Brazil sail into a comfortable lead.
Juan Pablo Montes
Peralta's cross is cut out by Dante and Brazil look to counter through Oscar. He attempts to move the ball out to Willian on the right but he overhits his pass.
GREAT CHANCE!! Bernardez knocks a cross down at the back post but Izaguirre slices a volley over the top of the goal from 15 yards out. He snatched at that, and it was probably his side's best opportunity of the night.
It is certainly becoming quite a fiery game this evening and that is certainly being fed off of the vocal crowd tonight. Both sides have good support in Miami.
HE MUST SCORE!! Oscar picks out Neymar at the back post with a brilliant cross from the right. Completely unmarked, he attempts to divert the ball into the goal with a first-time volley but the effort flies over the top.
Lovely from Neymar! The forward throws in a lambretta as he looks to open up the Honduras defence, as if saying to them that they cannot put him off tonight. Unfortunately the move fails to culminate with a shot on target.
GOOOOOAAALL!! Neymar whips the resultant free kick into the box and Dante meets it with his head. He sends it on goal and the ball takes a couple of deflections before trickling into the net. The last touch may have come off of Costly, but the centre-back will claim it.
Brazil are playing some nice, flowing football but Honduras are breaking the play apart frequently with continual rash challenges. This time it is Peralta in on Robinho down by the corner flag.
STAT: Neymar has been involved in approximately 45 per cent of the 42 goals scored since Felipao returned as Brazil coach, netting 10 himself and assisting another nine strikes. Perhaps that is why Honduras are giving him such a tough time tonight!
Yellow Card B. García
This is supposed to be a friendly but Honduras are treating it as anything but. Garcia goes in far too strongly on Neymar on the half-way line and also has his name taken by the referee.
Yellow Card V. Bernárdez
The Brazilian bench are up and complaining as Bernardez puts an elbow in on Neymar. They aren't happy and the centre-back is awarded a yellow card.
GREAT EFFORT! Garcia losses an absolutely stunning effort at goal but Victor dives down to his left and manages to hold onto it. That's good goalkeeping.
So Robinho officially makes his return to the Selecao after a two-year absence. Sure there will be more than a few people happy to see him back, but his club form has not been great.
We are back underway in Miami!
The teams are making their way back out onto the pitch now so the second half will begin imminently.
HALF TIME - Honduras 0-1 Brazil: Bernard's goal midway through the first half gives the Selecao the lead at the break in a game which they have dominated for the most part. Honduras managed to hold on until the break, but will need to improve after the restart if they are to take something positive from this. Join me in 15 minutes for the second half.
45' + 2'
Figueroa drives it deep from 35 yards but the ball sails well over the top and it is the final act of the first half.
45' + 1'
The one minute of additional time is all but up, however the referee has awarded Honduras a free kick following a tackle on Palacios by Luiz Gustavo.
That is an important touch from Costly, sending the resultant corner behind and stopping Dante from converting at the back post.
What a chance! Maxwell pushses forward and is picked out by Luiz Gustavo. He brings the ball inside of Peralta but his cutback is intercepted. Honduras fail to clear, though, and Maxwell takes the chance to shoot but sees it get deflected behind.
PENALTY CLAIM! Neymar goes down in the area under a challenge from Peralta but the referee sees nothing wrong with it. The Barcelona man isn't happy, though the official seems to have made the right call.
Costly throws some fantastic skills at Maicon down on the near side which really gets the crowd fired up. Unfortunately he is unable to make anything of it and the attack breaks down.
Neymar is unperturbed by the physical treatment he has received and he does well to shake off Bernardez inside his own half and release Bernard with a great switch of play. The Shakhtar man attempts to cross for Jo but he sends the ball slightly too far ahead of him.
GOOD SAVE!! Neymar is released by a delightful flick on the half-way line and he races around the outside of Bernardez. He quickly fires a shot on goal but he cannot put it either side of Valladares, who gets enough on the attempt to turn it over.
STAT: Ahead of this evening, Jo was averaging a goal every 72 minutes that he has played for Brazil since the return of Scolari.
Jo drops off the front line and turns to face goal. He lays the ball off to Paulinho but his attempted through-ball to Bernard is cut out. It was an intelligent pass, but it would have been extremely difficult to have executed perfectly.
Brazil are in control of possession here but their play is lacking a consistent rhythm and tempo. Too many passes are being played sideways in the deep areas.
David Luiz emphatically steps out from the back but is unable to find a route past Figueroa. Honduras look to counter but Luiz Gustavo has tucked in at centre-back and Brazil are able to hold them off. The Wolfsburg man is very industrious in this side.
SO CLOSE!! David Luiz pings an absolutely stunning ball up from the back for Bernard, again losing the marking of Peralta. His first touch is perhaps a tad too heavy and that enables Valladares to come off his line and smother the forward's shot on goal.
Neymar is being watched very closely this evening. Palacios is the latest player to go in rather zealously on the Barcelona man. He sometimes struggles with being marked that closely, does the Brazil star.
That is a poor effort from Jo! He pokes a rather tame effort at goal from 20 yards which the keeper can collect without any difficulty.
STAT: Bernard is one of three players who lifted the Copa Libertadores with Atletico Mineiro earlier this year. Jo and Victor, who also start this evening, were vital members of that squad.
GOOOOOOAAAL!! Bernard opens the scoring! The Shakhtar Donetsk forward sweeps the ball into the back of the net following a brilliant cross from the right by Paulinho. Peralta let Bernard get away from him and he certainly made him pay.
Bernard comes out to the left now, but his attempted cross is cut out by Peralta and the ball goes behind for a corner. Neymar fires it in low to the near post but Honduras clear it away with ease. Not the greatest of starts in front of goal tonight.
Great dribbling from Oscar! He picks up the ball out on the left and comes across to the centre of the field. He lashes a right-foot effort towards goal but he fails to aim it on target and the keeper can watch that fly comfortably over and wide.
The delivery goes all the way through to Valladares, who sends the ball away from danger. However, the referee blew his whistle for a foul by David Luiz in the area.
Yellow Card Wilson Palacios
Brazil win a free kick deep in the Honduras half. Neymar will send this one into the danger area...
GREAT SAVE!! Paulinho nearly breaks the deadlock with a great shot after Honduras had failed to deal with Bernard's cross into the area. The keeper got a strong hand to the effort as it flew across him and parried it do safety.
Yellow Card Maicon
That is not pretty! Maicon goes in with an extremely high boot and looks to catch Espinoza in the face. The right-back earns a booking for the challenge.
Espinoza makes a great run through the heart of the midfield but his attempted pass to Bengtson is repelled by Dante. Claros picks up the loose ball and attempts a shot from distance, only to see it flash well wide of the target.
CHANCE! The corner is whipped in and Bengtson beats Victor to the ball at the near post. He fails to direct his header on target, though, but Brazil will not be happy with their marking there.
Peralta does look very lively! He makes another great burst down the right and wins a free kick following a late challenge form Luiz Gustavo.
Honduras win the ball and look to counter through Peralta down the right. The Selecao get numbers back and manage to break up the play through Luiz Gustavo but they cannot quite clear it. Izaguirre does brilliantly on the left to find space to cross but Bernard gets a touch to deflect it behind for a corner.
OVER THE TOP! Neymar does indeed strike it and he gets it over the wall, but his effort lacks any form of dip and sails well above the goal. Not his finest attempt there.
Brazil have a free kick in a dangerous area after Figueroa goes through the back of Oscar. Neymar looks like he fancies this one!
Maicon has been positive already this evening but he is tracked by Espinoza as he attempts to combine with Bernard to get in behind the defence.
Brazil have settled on the ball quickly and are currently knocking it about confidently along the back. Neymar has been in the wars already but will surely shake of a slight knock he looks to have taken.
We are underway in Miami!
The pre-match formalities are all but over and we will be underway shortly.
Scolari was in charge of Brazil when they suffered a surprise defeat to Honduras in the quarter-finals of the 2001 Copa America. One year later his team were crowned World Cup champions. Maybe he wouldn’t consider defeat tonight to be the end of the world then!
Miami has a number of residents of Honduran origins and they are out in force this evening, singing the national anthem with gusto.
The teams are out on the pitch at the Sun Life Stadium, with the lights down low!
Honduras beat Mexico to third place in Concacaf qualifying, booking a place at the World Cup at their expense. Luis Fernando Suarez’s men lost just three of their 10 games in the last round of qualifying and Jerry Bengtson and Carlos Costly scored 16 goals between them during their campaign.
Scolari will surely hope to come away from this evening with some more concrete ideas over his potential squad for next year's World Cup. There are still a few spaces up for grabs and every player will know that they will need to impress tonight.
Maxwell steps in for the injured Marcelo and will hope to continue to push himself above Filipe Luis in the pecking order at left back. Knocks keep Thiago Silva and Dani Alves out so Dante and Maicon also begin in defence. The Roma man scored the last time these two side's met 10 years ago - a game which the Selecao won 2-1.
Brazil: Victor; Maicon, David Luiz, Dante, Maxwell; Luiz Gustavo, Paulinho; Bernard, Oscar, Neymar; Jo.
Honduras: Valladares; Peralta, Figueroa, Bernardez, Izaguirre; Claros, Palacios, Garcia, Espinoza; Bengtson, Costly.
Luiz Felipe Scolari is without Fred and Hulk this evening due to injury and so Robinho could be in line to make his first Selecao appearance in over two years. However, he will have to settle for a place on the bench. Full line-ups coming your way...
Hello and welcome to tonight's LIVE text commentary on the encounter between Honduras and Brazil! Both of these sides will be participating in next summer's World Cup and they continue their preparations against one another this evening. My name is Tom Webber and I will be your host through this game.
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