LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (Dec. 2, 2012) – Facing a two-goal deficit just 15 minutes into the match didn’t cause Brazil’s confidence to waiver as the Seleção answered with six consecutive goals for a 6-2 win against Turkey on Sunday afternoon at Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Danilo and Indio scored two goals apiece and Boschilia chipped in a goal and an assist as Brazil took the overall lead in the 2012 Nike International Friendlies standings with five points and a plus-4 goal differential – one ahead of the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team.
The win provides Brazil with the advantage in a tiebreaker should Portugal and the U.S. draw in the final match later today. Brazil finished with a plus-four goal differential and 11 total goals.
Turkey shocked the South Americans, and much of the large crowd in attendance, by taking a 2-0 lead in the opening 15 minutes as Burak Camoğlu kicked off the scoring with a mazy dribble through several defenders at the top of the box before firing a shot past goalkeeper Marcos in the seventh minute.
Umut Bozok doubled the lead in the 15th minute when Enes Ünal flicked a wonderfully weighted header down the middle of the field as Bozok outraced a defender and slotted a low, hard shot past the goalkeeper.
That’s all it took to rouse the giant as Brazil switched into high gear and recorded 12 shots, including seven on goal, in the first half and trimmed the lead to 2-1 by halftime. Indio scored in the 29th minute after several Brazil players worked the ball across the top of the 18-yard box with precise passing before finding Indio on the right side of the box.
Indio fired low to the near post and beat the goalkeeper to start the comeback.
Despite a furious push during much of the second half, and with Turkey playing with more trepidation as Brazil attacked continuously, the equalizer didn’t find the net until the 73rd minute when Robert found Kenedy streaking down the left flank. Kenedy eluded a slide tackle and smashed a goal past the ‘keeper.
Brazil recorded 19 shots in the second half with eight on frame as it scored five goals in a matter of 20 minutes spanning from the 73rd minute to the third minute of second-half stoppage time.
Danilo scored his first goal of the game in the 78th minute after Boschilia slipped a through ball into the box and the midfielder poked it past the oncoming goalkeeper for a 3-2 lead. Five minutes later Boschilia curled a free kick to the near post for the go-ahead goal to make it 4-2.
The attack didn’t stop as Brazil clearly knew the stakes, as well as what they needed to do in order to come out on top of the standings as Indio latched onto a mishandled corner kick in the box for a 5-2 lead in the first-minute of second-half stoppage time.
Robert had a close shot saved in the 92nd minute, and then drew a foul in a dangerous area near the top of the box, to the left of the semi-circle.
Danilo stepped up and nailed a low, free kick around the wall, to the far post and in for the final goal in the third minute of second-half stoppage time.
--Nike International Friendlies Match Report--
Match: Brazil U-17 MNT vs. Turkey U-17 MNT
Date: Dec. 2, 2012
Competition: 2012 Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Kickoff: 2 p.m. ET
Weather: 82 degrees, mostly sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
BRA 1 5 6
TUR 2 0 2
TUR – Burak Camoğlu 8th minute
TUR – Umut Bozok (Enes Ünal) 15
BRA – Indio (Danilo) 29
BRA – Kenedy (Robert) 73
BRA – Danilo (Boschilia) 78
BRA – Boschilia 83
BRA – Indio 90+1
BRA – Danilo 90+3
BRA: 1-Marcos; 2-Alef (17-Alisson, 46), 3-Lucas (capt.), 6-Abner; 7-Danilo, 9-Kenedy, 10-Indio, 11-Caio (18-Murilo, 46), 14-Eriks (4-Lincoln, 46), 15-Gustavo Aguiar, 16-Boschilia
Subs not used: 5-Savio, 8-Robert, 12-Thiago, 13-Raul
Head Coach: Emerson Avila
TUR : 1-Çağlar Duhan Akdağ; 2-Savaş Polat, 4-Egemen Zengin, 6-İbrahim Serdar Aydin, 7-Burak Camoğlu (17-Kenan Tepe, 43; 19-Furkan Yaman, 61), 10-Kaan Baysal, 13-Hasan Tuzcu, 14-Muhammed Ari, 15-Umut Bozok, 16-Enes Ünal (8-Zafer Çuvalci, 72), 18-Firat Suçsuz (11-Berk Yildiz, 46)
Subs not used: 3-Samet Acar, 5-Emre Akyüz, 9-Batuhan Altintaş, 12-Fatih Demirlek, 23-Ubeyd Adiyaman
Head Coach: Hakan Tecimer
Stats Summary: BRA / TUR
Shots: 31 / 6
Shots on Goal: 15 / 3
Saves: 1 / 9
Corner Kicks: 7 / 0
Fouls: 11 / 13
Offside: 4 / 1
BRA – Muhammed Ari (caution) 45th minute
TUR – Umut Bozok (caution) 67
TUR – Egemen Zengin (caution) 82
Referee: Lance Vanhaitsma (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Danny Thornberry (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Apolinar Mariscal (USA)
Fourth Official: Richonne Clark (USA)