International roundup: Neymar, Willian star as Brazil thump France, 3-1, in Paris


Neymar and Willian were the stars of the show as Brazil thumped France, 3-1, in international friendly action in Paris on Thursday (highlights below).

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Neymar scored his 43rd career goal for Brazil — remember, he turned 23 last month — a powerful finish from a tight angle over the head of goalkeeper Steve Mandanda just before the hour mark, while Willian provided a pair of assists, one each to Neymar and Luiz Gustavo.

Neymar’s game-winning tally was the result of Willian attracting the attention of the French defense into the center of the field, while Neymar made his run to the left. Willian’s through ball was perfectly placed behind the defense and Neymar made no mistake — unlike Sunday’s El Clasico against Real Madrid — with the finish.

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Willian’s corner kick in the 69th minute was headed home by a completely unmarked Luiz Gustavo from eight yards out to complete the scoring, after Oscar had drawn the Brazilians back level (40th minute) following Raphael Varane’s opening goal in the 21st minute.

Elsewhere in international action


Bahrain 0-6 Colombia
Ivory Coast 2-0 Angola
Egypt 2-0 Equatorial Guinea
Qatar 1-0 Algeria
Thailand 2-0 Singapore
Iran 2-0 Chile
Costa Rica vs. Paraguay (10 pm ET)

CONCACAF 1st round WCQ (italicized team advances)

Virgin Island 0-4 (1-4 aggregate) Barbados
Turks and Caicos Islands 2-6 (4-12 aggregate) St. Kitts and Nevis
British Virgin Islands 2-3 Dominica

Friday’s notable international friendlies schedule

Japan vs. Tunisia
South Korea vs. Uzbekistan
Canada vs. Guatemala
Jamaica vs. Venezuela