SANTA CRUZ (Sporting Alert) — Neymar netted a first half brace and a more spirited Brazil crushed Bolivia 4-0 in a friendly football international on Saturday.
Leandro Damiao and Leandro scored the other two goals for the South American giants, who had not won a game in regular time in the previous five games before this friendly.
Damiao opened the scoring for Brazil when he guided home a cross from Jean in the fourth minute.
Ronaldinho, who captained the team on the night, then had two close attempts, including a free-kick, which deflected just over the bar, while Neymar hit the post in the dominating opening minutes by Brazil.
However, Neymar, who had been heavily criticized for his poor form in recent outings for Brazil, finally got on the scoresheet when he lift over the goalkeeper from close range after being played through with a delightful pass by Ronaldinho in the 31st minute.
Jádson then found the unmarked Neymar again in the 42nd minute for the Santos forward to score his second and his team’s third before the half-time break.
Substitutes Osvaldo and Leandro then combined for Brazil’s fourth with the latter finishing off the move two-minutes into stoppage time.
Brazil: Jefferson, Santos, Dedé, Réver, Jean, Jádson, Paulinho, Ralf, Ronaldinho, Leandro Damião, Neymar. Subs: Doria, Alexandre Pato, Osvaldo, Douglas Santos, Leandro, Matheus Vidotto.
Bolivia: Galarza, Eguino, Zenteno, Bejarano, Melean, Campos, Bejarano, Moreno, Arce, Rojas, Veizaga
Referee: Patricio Loustau (Argentina)