International Friendlies

Brazil v Colombia: Neymar gives Dunga winning start

Neymar was captaining Brazil for the first time

Neymar scored the only goal of the game seven minutes from time as Dunga's second spell as Brazil boss began with a win over 10-man Colombia in Miami.

Barcelona forward Neymar curled home a free-kick to give the Selecao victory in their first game since finishing fourth at their home World Cup.

Colombia had been reduced to 10 men on 49 minutes, when Juan Cuadrado was sent off for a second bookable offence.

New Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao featured for 13 minutes.

The 28-year-old, who joined the Red Devils on loan for £6m on transfer deadline day, missed the World Cup after sustaining anterior cruciate ligament damage in January.

But his return as a late substitute for Colombia failed to prevent Neymar, captaining his country for the first time, from taking centre stage in front of a 73,429 crowd at Sun Life Stadium.

Two months after a challenge from Colombia's Juan Zuniga ended his World Cup at the quarter-final stage, the two players hugged on the pitch before kick-off.

Despite that, there was no shortage of tough tackles, with seven players booked.

Brazil had the better of the chances, and Diego Tardelli had a first-half effort ruled out for offside, but they could not find a way through until Neymar's late intervention.

Falcao had a a late opportunity to equalise, but could not divert his close-range header on target.

Dunga, who succeeded Luiz Felipe Scolari, said. "It is always good to win, especially with the criticism after the World Cup, some of which was very strong.

"This will help the players to regain self-esteem and confidence."

Neymar scores the winning goal for Brazil in their 1-0 friendly victory over Colombia.
Neymar's winning goal against Colombia was his 36th goal in 55 appearances for Brazil
Neymar celebrates his winning goal for Brazil in their 1-0 friendly victory over Colombia.
Neymar's goal gave Brazil a repeat of the win they enjoyed against Colombia in the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup
Neymar shakes hands with Colombia striker Radamel Falcao
New Manchester United loan signing Radamel Falcao could make his Red Devils debut against QPR next Sunday



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1de Oliveira Galvao
  • 2Sisenando
  • 3Miranda
  • 4David LuizSubstituted forMarquinhosat 80'minutes
  • 6Filipe Luís
  • 8Santos do NascimentoBooked at 29minsSubstituted forMendes Trindadeat 45'minutes
  • 17DiasBooked at 33minsSubstituted forFernandinhoat 45'minutes
  • 19WillianSubstituted forde Barros Ribeiroat 72'minutes
  • 11OscarSubstituted forCoutinhoat 72'minutes
  • 10Neymar
  • 9Tardelli MartinsSubstituted forde Souzaat 77'minutes


  • 5Fernandinho
  • 7de Souza
  • 12Barbosa
  • 13Marquinhos
  • 14Nascimento Silva
  • 15Marcelo
  • 16Danilo
  • 18de Barros Ribeiro
  • 20Goulart Pereira
  • 21Coutinho
  • 22Mendes Trindade


Formation 4-2-2-2

  • 1Ospina
  • 18ZuñigaBooked at 39minsSubstituted forMejíaat 73'minutes
  • 23ValdésBooked at 45mins
  • 2Zapata
  • 7Armero
  • 5Leão RamírezSubstituted forAriasat 45'minutes
  • 6C SánchezBooked at 30minsSubstituted forRamosat 85'minutes
  • 11Ju CuadradoBooked at 49mins
  • 10RodríguezSubstituted forFalcaoat 77'minutes
  • 19GutiérrezBooked at 56minsSubstituted forBaccaat 65'minutes
  • 21MartínezSubstituted forGuarínat 65'minutes


  • 4Arias
  • 8Aguilar
  • 9Falcao
  • 12Vargas
  • 13Guarín
  • 15Quintero
  • 16Balanta
  • 17Bacca
  • 20Ramos
  • 22Muriel
  • 24Ibarbo
  • 25Mejía
  • 26Carbonero
David Gantar

Match Stats

Home TeamBrazilAway TeamColombia
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brazil 1, Colombia 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brazil 1, Colombia 0.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Brazil. Miranda tries a through ball, but Everton Ribeiro is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Pablo Armero (Colombia) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Colombia. Conceded by Maicon.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Neymar (Brazil) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Fernandinho.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Brazil. Conceded by Fredy Guarín.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Robinho (Brazil) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Neymar.

  9. Post update

    Offside, Brazil. Philippe Coutinho tries a through ball, but Neymar is caught offside.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Colombia. Adrián Ramos replaces Carlos Sánchez.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Filipe Luis (Brazil).

  12. Post update

    Fredy Guarín (Colombia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Brazil 1, Colombia 0. Neymar (Brazil) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

  14. Post update

    Hand ball by Cristian Zapata (Colombia).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Brazil. Marquinhos replaces David Luiz because of an injury.

  16. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  17. Post update

    Delay in match David Luiz (Brazil) because of an injury.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Colombia. Falcao replaces James Rodríguez.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Brazil. Robinho replaces Diego Tardelli.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Philippe Coutinho (Brazil).

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