Brazil battles the Netherlands in the opening match of the 2015 Nike International Friendlies.
Hosted by U.S. Soccer at Premier Sports Complex in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
LAKEWOOD RANCH, Florida – In the opening game of the 2015 Nike International Friendlies, the Netherlands Under-17 Men’s National Team used a hat trick from Daishawn Redan to defeat the Brazil Under-17 Men’s National Team 3-0 at Premier Sports Campus.
In a game that was a tail of two halves, the Brazilians showed more ability to deal with southwest Florida’s muggy afternoon heat, needing just seven minutes to create the game’s first golden opportunity. Attacker Matheus Santos ran on to a well-placed ball over the top before taking one touch into the penalty area and powering a low blast that saw Dutch goalkeeper Japser Schendelaar slow the momentum with his right hand. The force of the shot saw the ball continue to trickle toward to the goal line before Schendelaar smothered it.
Brazil continued to control much of the half and came close again just before the break. This time, Santos’ corner from the right skipped through the penalty area where Carlos Eduardo’s glancing header sailed toward the back post, but Scnendelaar was there to snag it.
The Dutch side came out reinvigorated in the second half, taking little time to find the game’s first goal. Having received a yellow card just moments before, left back Kik Pierie strolled up the flank before hitting a low cross for Daishawn Redan, who one-timed his effort inside the right corner in the 48th minute.
Using the opposite flank, The Netherlands nearly doubled their lead in the 53rd minute when Derek Darkwa found space on the right, before centering a duplicate low cross for Redan. This time Redan’s one-time effort was impressively turned away with a diving stop from Brazilian ‘keeper Lucas Alexandre.
Five minutes later, the pair would successfully connect to make it 2-0. Strong combination play on the right between Elton Kusi and Andrew Mendoca eventually sprung Darkwa up the flank where he crossed looking for Redan at the back post. Redan chested the ball down before burying his effort inside the right corner.
Brazil came close to responding in the 69th minute when Brenner Souza broke into the box on the left and juked a defender before firing his tight-angle shot just wide of the right post.
Just as the match looked set to close, Redan would earn his hat trick. Second half substitute Juan Familia-Castilo worked his way into space on the left before centering a low pass which Redan one-timed inside the right post once again.
Brazil will look to rebound when they take on England in their second game on Friday, Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. ET while The Netherlands will pose a stiff test for the U.S. in the day’s second match at 6 p.m. ET. Both games can be seen live at youtube.com/ussoccer.
-Nike International Friendlies Match Report -
Match: Netherlands Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. Brazil Under-17 Men’s National Team
Date: December 2, 2015
Competition: 2015 Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Weather: 81 degrees; sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
NED 0 3 3
BRA 0 0 0
NED - Daishawn Redan (Kik Pierie) 47 minute
NED - Daishawn Reden (Dereck Darkwa) 58
NED - Daishawn Redan (Juan Familia-Castilo) 80+4
NED: 1-Jasper Schendelaar, 2-Elton Kusi (12-Abdallah Aberkane, 71); 3-Joey Jacobs, 4-Kik Pierie, 5-Ian Smeulers (14-Sven Botman, 41); 6-Andrew Mendoca, 7-Maurice Kone (11-Brad Van Hoeven, 63); 9-Thomas Buitink (19-Daishawn Redan, 41); 10-Achraf El Bouchataoui (capt.) 8-Juan Familia-Castilo, 41); 13-Dereck Darkwa, 18-Rodney Huygen (15-Jurgen Ekkelenkamp, 41)
Subs not used: 16-Terence Meuwese, 17-Mohamed Mallahi, 20-Peer Koopmeiners
Head coach: Edwin Petersen
BRA: 1-Lucas Alexandre, 2-Joao Pedro Ribeiro, 3-Carlos Eduardo (13-Matheus Miranda, 59); 4-Hiago (capt.), 7-Leonardo Franco (5-Douglas Bohm; 51), 8-Dimitri (19-Leonardo Franco, 59); 9-Brenner Souza, 10-Helio Junio (15-Andrade, 59); 11-Matheus Santos (18-Rodrygo Silva, 41); 14-Weverson Costa (6-Rhuan; 51), 16-Wallace
Subs not used: 12-Victor Hugo, 17-Antonio Marco, 20-Nathan Soares
Head coach: Carlos Amadeu
Stats Summary: NED / BRA
Shots: 2 / 4
Shots on Goal: 3 / 3
Saves: 3 / 2
Corner Kicks: 1 / 3
Fouls: 13 / 2
Offside: 6 / 4
NED - Ian Smeulers (caution) 27th minute
NED - Kik Pierie (caution) 44
BRA - Brenner Souza (caution) 54
Referee: Greg Dopka – USA
Assistant Referee 1: Cory Richardson – USA
Assistant Referee 2: Nick Uranga – USA
4th Official: Rubiel Vazquez - USA