Brazil battles Turkey in the opening match of the 2016 Nike International Friendlies;
Hosted by U.S. Soccer at Premier Sports Complex in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Brazil Opens 2016 Nike International Friendlies With 4-2 Win Against Turkey
In the first game of the 2016 Nike International Friendlies, Brazil secured the first three points of the tournament by defeating Turkey 4-2.
It was a game of inches in the first half, with Brazil capitalizing on two of three opportunities, while Turkey came up just short on their chances.
The 11th minute was the first to see tickling of the twine as Brazil took advantage of a short, wind-aided goal kick that saw Alan Souza finish off a cross from Vinicius Jr. Minutes later, Brazil doubled their lead when Souza slotted the ball to the onrushing Lincoln Correa who beat Turkish goalkeeper Ozan Can Oruç to the left in the 17th minute.
Turkey nearly bounced back in the 23rd minute when Atalay Babacan’s cross from the right found Yunus Akgün whose hit from six yards out careened off the left post.
In the second half, Turkey increased their offensive pressure and was quickly rewarded from the tactical change with a goal in the 53rd minute. A hanging cross was challenged and won by Babacan who was able to get a head on the ball, setting up a riffing volley by Abdussamed Karnuçu to make it 2-1.
Brazil was able to restore their two-goal edge in the 69th as Vinicius Jr. took advantage of a Turkey turnover before slotting his effort below Oruc to make it 3-1.
Turkey continued to bring pressure, creating chances for the remainder of the second half and saw their efforts rewarded when Brazil was whistled for a handball in the penalty area. Babacan made no mistake on the penalty kick, driving the ball low and hard to the left of Brazil goalkeeper Gabriel Brazão in the 72nd minute.
As they pushed for an equalizer, Turkey was caught out once more, when Vinicius Jr. outran a pressing Turkey side to add a late stoppage time goal, handing Brazil a 4-2 victory.
Brazil will next face Portugal on Friday, Dec. 2 at 3:30pm ET. Following that match, Turkey will face the USA at 7:00 p.m. ET. Both games will be streamed live on U.S. Soccer’s Facebook page, YouTube channel and ussoccer.com.
- 2016 Nike International Friendlies Match Report -
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
TUR 0 2 2
BRA 2 2 4
TUR: 1-Ozan Can Oruç, 2-Bekir Melih Gökcimen, 3-Kudret Oben Saraçoğlu (7-Recep Gül 46), 5-Ozan Muhammed Kabak, 8-Kerem Atakan Kesegin, 9-Amed Öncel, 10-Atalay Babacan, 13-Berkay Görmez, 16-Sefa Akgün (4-Abdussamed Karnuçu 46), 17-Yunus Akgün, 18-Ramazan Emirhan Civelek
Subs: 6-Enes Islam Ilki, 11-Mehmet Sait Üzümcü, 12-Eren Bilen, 14-Hasan Ali Adıgüzel, 15-Furkan Yildirim
Head coach: Mehmet Hacioglu
BRA: 1-Gabriel Brazão, 2-Wesley Andrade, 3-Vitor Eduardo, 4-Matheus Stockl, 5-Gustavo Henrique, 6-Kazu (15-Kevin Kesley 59), 7-Paul Henrique, 8-Vitinho, 9-Lincoln Correa (16-Luan Pereira 59), 10-Alan Souza (19-Denilson Rodrigues 69), 11-Vinicius Jr.
Subs: 12-Arthur Gazze, 13-Lucas Rosa, 14-Geovani Marinho, 17-Rodrigo Nestor, 18-Helio Junio, , 20-Savio Santos
Head coach: Carlos Amadeu
BRA – Luan Pereira (caution) 62nd minute