11 September 2012 05:35
Three goals for Neymar was the key for Brazil, as they showed no mercy in destroying a demoralised China team 8-0 in Recife.
The midfielder, Hulk, Ramires and Lucas Moura also found the net, while the Asian side’s misfortunes were compounded by Liu Jianye who put the ball past his own keeper in a second half to forget for the visitors.
Neymar should have handed his side the lead after just five minutes when he got on the end of Oscar’s cross, but with the goal at his mercy the Santos starlet hit the post.
Hulk and Lucas both forced saves from Zeng Cheng, before midway through the half Brazil finally found a way through.
Ramires surged brilliantly from deep and, after playing a delightful one-two with Chelsea team-mate Oscar, chipped past Cheng to open the scoring and ease the pressure on the home side.
The advantage was doubled a matter of seconds later.
A well-placed low cross from Hulk, given a start in the place of Leandro Damiao after his goal against the Bafana, found Oscar with space in the area.
The midfielder squared for Neymar, who could do little else but stroke the ball into the net with little trouble.
From that point onwards, it was merely a case of seeing how many Mano Menezes’ men could add to the tally.
A rampant Brazil added three more to the scoreline in less than 10 minutes after the two teams retook the field for the second half.
Lucas Moura took advantage of lovely approach play between Hulk and Oscar, storming on the outside to meet the former’s pass and slide the ball past Cheng.
Hulk then got his own name deservedly on the score-sheet, finding himself in the right place after Neymar had struck the bar to drive the rebound home with authority.
Neymar was hungry for goals, and netted his second of the evening minutes later in converting Marcelo’s pinpoint low cross.
The hat-trick was completed on the hour mark, an almost identical finish this time coming from the right having been fed by the outstanding Oscar.
Even with the game sewn up, Brazil refused to let their foot off the accelerator.
Bamboozling play from Lucas forced Liu Jianye to put past his own keeper, before Marcelo was felled in the area for a penalty.
Having played a key role in the build-up as well as almost all the Brazil goals, Oscar was handed the ball; making no mistake, the wonderkid drove into the bottom corner to finally get his name on the scoresheet.