Brazil tackles Portugal to begin the second matchday of the 2016 Nike International Friendlies;
Hosted by U.S. Soccer at Premier Sports Complex in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (Dec. 2, 2016) - A hat trick from Portugal’s Umaro Embalo wasn’t enough to stave off a second half onslaught from Brazil as Paulo Henrique, Vinicius Jr., and a stoppage time free kick from Alan Souza forced a 3-3 draw in Friday’s first match at the 2016 Nike International Friendlies.
Determined to bounce back from their 7-1 defeat to the United States on Wednesday, Portugal was charged from the first whistle.
A Seleção’s initial chance came in the eighth minute when Rafael Camacho intercepted a ball at midfield allowing a quick shot from distance from Bernardo Souza that saw Brazil goalkeeper Arthur Gazze parry to his left. Portugal winger Embalo pounced on the rebound, but Gazze was quick off his line to turn away the follow-up attempt.
Emboldened from the earlier opportunity, Embalo would break the ice for Portugal four minutes later. After building up down the right, captain Mamadou Kone lobbed a forward ball for the Benfica attacker, who took it in stride before unleashing a lethal, right-footed blast past Gazze.
Ever active, Embalo continued to provide danger in the 24th minute when he worked down the right side before turning in a low cross that saw Brazil center back Mattheus Stockl redirect on goal, only to be bailed out by Gazze who fell backward to save off the line.
Portugal continued to find success up the right flank just before halftime when Romario Baro chipped into space for Embalo. Taking the ball in stride, Embalo muscled off his marker before sending a right-footed effort inside the lower, left post to take Portugal into the locker room up 2-0.
Brazil came out raring to go in the second half, coming close with two chances in the 54th minute. The first occurred on a well-worked combination, as Vinicius Jr. laid off for Paulo Henrique, who returned the pass before the active attacker pulled his shot just wide of the left post.
Seconds later, a cross from Wesley Andrade picked out Vinicius Jr. unmarked at the left post, but the Brazil forward’s header glanced wide of the bar.
Vinicius Jr. finally broke through in the 57th minute when he made a penetrating run into the box on the left before playing a ball across the area where Paulo Henrique one-timed over the line, beating the late dive of Portugal ‘keeper Joao Monteiro.
Brazil nearly pulled things level four minutes later. Following a corner kick that trailed through the box, Vinicius Jr. collected at the top of the penalty area where he hit a curling effort that clanged off the top right corner of the bar.
Portugal restored their two-goal lead in the 82nd minute when Leandro Campos nodded a long ball over the top from Kone into the path of Embalo. The attacker took the ball down well and earned his hat trick by firing a low blast that snuck inside the left post.
Backs to the wall, Brazil responded with some magic of their own to earn a point. In the 82nd minute, Vinicius Jr. received a ball out of midfield and drove down the left side before a beautiful left-footed effort left Monteiro flat-footed as it crept inside the opposite post.
Earning a free kick outside the area, Brazil equalized just before full-time when Alan Souza bent a beautiful take inside the top left post, forcing Portugal to share the points in a thrilling 3-3 draw.
With the result, Brazil temporarily sits atop the table with four points from two matches heading into their tournament finale against the USA on Sunday at 5 p.m. ET. Portugal has one point from two matches and will end the 2016 Nike International Friendlies against Turkey at 1:30 p.m. ET on Sunday. Both matches can be seen live on U.S. Soccer’s Facebook Page, YouTube channel and ussoccer.com.
- 2016 Nike International Friendlies Match Report -
Match: Brazil U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Portugal U-17 Men’s National Team
Date: Dec. 2, 2016
Competition: 2016 Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus Stadium Field; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET
Weather: 79 degrees; clear skies
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
BRA 0 3 3
POR 2 1 3
POR – Umaro Embalo (Mamadou Kone) 12th minute
POR – Umaro Embalo (Romario Baro) 45
BRA – Paul Henrique (Vinicius Jr.) 57
POR – Umaro Embalo (Mamadou Kone) 82
BRA – Vinicius Jr. (Matheus Stockl) 85
BRA – Alan Souza 90+2
BRA: 12-Arthur Gazze; 15-Kevin Kelsey (6-Kazu, 46), 4-Matheus Stockl, 3-Vitor Eduardo, 2-Wesley Andrade (13-Lucas Rosa, 86); 16-Luan Pereira (9-Lincoln Correa, 46), 5-Gustavo Henrique (10-Alan Souza, 46), 17-Rodrigo Nestor, 7-Paul Henrique (18-Helio Junio, 67); 8-Vitinho (19-Denilson Rodrigues, 86), 11-Vinicius Jr. (Capt.)
Subs not used: 1-Gabriel Brazão, 14-Geovani Marinho, 20-Savio Santos
Head coach: Carlos Amadeu
POR: 1-Joao Monteiro; 5-Joao Pedro Monteiro Oliveira, 4-Tiago Djalo, 3-Goncalo Loureiro, 2-Mamadou Kone (Capt.); 10-Bernardo Sousa (20-Andre Almeida, 67), 6-Afonso Sousa (16-Henrique Jocu, 67), 8-Romario Baro; 11-Rafael Camacho (18-Pedro Neto, 58), 9-Tiago Rodrigues (19-Leandro Campos, 58), 7-Umaro Embalo (15-Tiago Dantas, 90)
Subs not used: 12-Joao Goncalo; 13-Joao Ferreira, 14-Baba Fernandes, 17-Rodrigo Conceicao
Head coach: Jose Guillherme
Stats Summary: BRA / POR
Shots: 12 / 11
Shots on Goal: 5 / 8
Saves: 5 / 2
Corner Kicks: 6 / 3
Fouls: 9 / 21
Offside: 2 / 4
BRA – Kazu (caution) 52nd minute
POR – Romario Baro (caution) 76
POR – Henrique Jocu (caution) 80
POR – Joao Pedro Monteiro Oliveira (caution) 90+4
Referee: Joseph Dickerson (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Adrienne McDonald (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Jeremy Weed (USA)
4th Official: Victor Rivas (USA)