Brave Qatar lose to Brazil in friendly
Brasilia, Brazil: first-half goals from Richarlison and Gabriel Jesus guided Brazil to a 2-0 victory over Asian Cup champions Qatar in an international friendly at Mané Garrincha Stadium on Wednesday.
Qatar had a chance to pull a goal back in the 96th minute after the referee penalised Ederson for a mistimed challenge following a VAR review, however, Boualem Khoukhi’s spot-kick cannoned against the crossbar.
It was a lively first half in Brasilia, where two goals were scored, a penalty was overturned by the VAR and Neymar left the pitch in tears.
The maroons have won seven successive matches heading into the friendly but the Copa America guests were completely outplayed as Brazil hit the front in the 16th minute.
Dani Alves picked out Richarlison, who rose highest to head past Saad Al Sheeb for his fourth international goal.
Neymar, who was seen crying on the sidelines, was forced from the ground shortly afterwards and replaced by Everton.
That did not hamper Brazil, who doubled their lead eight minutes later through Jesus following some neat combination play with Richarlison.
Brazil will finalise their Copa America preparations at home to Honduras on Sunday before opening the tournament against Bolivia on June 14. Qatar, meanwhile, will not play again until they face Paraguay (June 16) in Copa America action.