El Tri have been one of Brazil’s bogey teams, always managing to give them a hard time. Giovani Dos Santos, of Brazilian origin through his father, Zizinho who played for Mexican club Club America opened the account with a beautiful goal. He latched onto a diagonal wide on the left and then runs towards the goal as the Brazilians back off, stops abruptly to change direction and then with his left foot chips the ball sweetly across the face of the goal and over Rafael nestling at the far post. Dos Santos then said it was never meant to be a cross. We’ll take him at his word because he’s scored some spectacular goals in the past.
Juan Jesus then clips Dos Santos in the ankle after the winger gathers a loose ball in the box, a clear penalty. No problems for Chicharito Hernandez who strokes the ball past Rafael.
The match had two very controversial moments when Hulk looked like he was pushed down early in the first half by Javier Rodriguez for could have been a penalty. A more clear cut infraction was committed by goalie Jose Corona when he upended Oscar as the midfielder latched onto the ball in a promising area of the box. It should have been a penalty and a red card for Corona.
The match was anything but a friendly as Neymar reacted to a late challenge by Severo Mezo by going after him after which the defender reacted by shoving him in the chest. That should have been a red there and then. But incredulously the referee Silviu Petrescu did nothing off the sort fishing out two yellows for both players.