Brazil and Neymar can't find the spark to down England

Neymar said Brazil'tried everything to beat a defensive England side on Tuesday evening
Neymar said Brazil'tried everything to beat a defensive England side on Tuesday evening
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15 Noviembre, 2017

England and Brazil will be traveling to the World Cup next year trying to erase painful memories of the 2014 tournament.

Brazil are among the favourites for next year's World Cup in Russia and Neymar can lead the South American nation to their sixth title, former winner Roberto Carlos said on Tuesday.

"I think and hope that the English public have seen that these boys have given everything, they've played with pride and passion", Southgate said after England defended their way to a second 0-0 in the space of five days.

That may sound greedy for a team containing both Neymar and Philippe Coutinho but Brazil could perhaps do with a central rover - either the Paris Saint-Germain man starting centrally or else for Coutinho to be deployed there with Roberto Firmino coming into the attack.

"It's something that we are considering, how we prepare best for penalty shootouts", Southgate said. He's played against one of the hottest players in the world [in Neymar] and has done really, really well against him.

England boss Gareth Southgate hailed his side's defensive qualities as they held Brazil to a goalless draw at Wembley.

Brazil were held to a goalless draw by Gareth Southgate's depleted side at Wembley
Brazil were held to a goalless draw by Gareth Southgate's depleted side at Wembley

As things stand the team could be split in two between the three players tasked with scoring goals and the rest of the side keeping them out.

"It's amazing really that he's been a player who's been able to dip under the radar as we think so much of him, not only his ability, but his mentality and his maturity", Southgate told British media.

He had a couple of sensational passes and one barely-legal nutmeg on Jake Livermore but his shooting was mostly of the skyward variety.

In a friendly of few chances in front of 84,595 fans, the closest England and Brazil came to breaking the deadlock came in the final 15 minutes.

The hosts spent most of the match watching the ball being pinged around, although for all Brazil's intricate patterns the visitors were disappointing in the final third of the pitch where Neymar and Jesus barely had a sight of goal. "It's a base to work from".

Brazil had the chance to prove their might in the group stage against defending champions England in Guadalajara and the game did not disappoint.


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