Brazil ousted a weaker Panama side 4-0 at home in a friendly match in front of delighted supporters ahead of the FIFA World Cup. Neymar, Dani Alves, Hulk and Willian scored the goals, with the first of those names being the most impressive on the afternoon.
At Barcelona, Neymar also plays on the left wing in the somewhat same 4-3-3 formation. However, for his club, he is simply shadowing superstar Lionel Messi. At country level, he is the star who scores the pretty goals and notches the cheekiest of assists. Today, he proved his worth with a beautiful free-kick and a smart backheel pass into the area that was then crossed by one teammate to another for the fourth and final goal.
A bad part of Neymar’s game also erupted, as he went rolling around on the ground after a blatant dive due to the slightest bit of contact. Once he gets rid of that horrible habit, he will become more of a complete offensive genius.
The defense was stacked, and they overpowered Panama throughout the game in the air and on the ground as they disallowed dicing passes into their area. David Luiz and Dante stood firm in their center back positions, with Dani Alves and Maxwell playing their parts brilliantly on the wings as well.
The midfield was led by Oscar, Luiz Gustavo and Ramirez, who all played their part defensively as well as offensively; they are set to start in the middle three come World Cup time. They connect well and play off one another. as if they have been doing so throughout their lives, and this familiarity is what separates them from many mid fields around the world.
Fred in the middle up top and Hulk to his right with Neymar on the left is simply perfect for an attacking trio. Neymar is watched by defenders who are afraid to touch him which makes him dangerous. Fred plays in the Brazilian Serie A, but has European experience with Lyon, which makes him able to adjust to the national game. Hulk is simply a fast, strong and hungry beast who fits in with this club to perfection.
Brazil is arguably the biggest favorite to lift the World Cup, not just because they are the hosts, but because they have the talent and a coach in Luiz Felipe Scolari, who won this in 2002. They are ready to do their fans proud and become six-time champions.