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The opening games in Qatar are 90 minutes closer following this game, which both sides will be able to take varying numbers of positives out of. If Brazil take their first-half display to the Middle East, expect them to be more than a match for anyone they face, whilst Ghana will know that Inaki Williams could form a crucial component of a successful tournament. Brazil have just one game left, against Tunisia, before their opening group stage match, while Ghana play Nicaragua and Switzerland before kicking off in Doha.
Brazil's first-half showing was something to behold, particularly with Neymar running the show, and although the PSG forward continued his superb form in the second half, the introduction of Inaki Williams completely transformed the way Ghana played. After coming on at half-time, the Bilbao striker had five touches in the box, three shots, and completed all of his passes in Brazil's half. His impact saw Ghana have six second-half shots, five more than in the first, and the Black Stars completed 89.4 per cent of their second-half passes, up from 83 per cent in the first. Catalyst.
The full-time whistle goes, with Brazil neither adding to nor losing any of their three-goal lead. After being thoroughly second-best in the first half, Ghana gave a much better account of themselves in the second, and had several chances, most of which fell to debutant Inaki Williams. Brazil kept the Black Stars at arm's length though, and were still dominant despite not scoring in the second stanza. It's a performance Tite will be happy with, and want to build on, as the Qatar World Cup edges ever closer for the Selecao, who are rightfully well amongst the favourites to bring home the trophy.
Matheus Cunha
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90' + 3' Cunha slides in to try and sweep a loose ball goalwards, but the rash swipe at the ball sees him catch Wollacott. The Brazil substitute picks up a late booking as a result.
90' + 3' Telles chips over the top for Rodrygo to latch onto, but Salisu towers over the diminutive Brazil winger and heads the ball away before clearing.
90' + 1' We're into three minutes of added time as Brazil close in on a resounding victory.
90' SAVED!!! Neymar finds Telles centrally in yards of space, and the left-back drills a low shot from 25 yards that appears to be creeping into the bottom corner before Wollacott tips it around the post!
88' WIDE!!! After initially dealing with the Brazil corner, Kyereh wins two 50-50 challenges and strides forward for Ghana. He eventually finds Williams, who is blocked off, but the overlapping run of Lamptey sees the right-back shoot from a tight angle, smashing his effort into the side netting!
87' OFF THE LINE!!! Neymar puts Rodrygo one-on-one with Wollacott, but the Black Stars' keeper gets down well to parry the ball. Cunha follows in, but his close-range effort is blocked and put over the bar by Salisu!
86' Williams is dispossessed by Bremer and the loose ball falls to Neymar, who tries a shot from 25 yards but sends it miles over the bar!
84' After two Djiku concedes two successive corners snuffing out Brazil attacks, Salisu gets a strong header to the second delivery from Neymar and the Black Stars look to counter.
D. Kyereh
M. Kudus
83' Kudus comes off in Ghana's latest change, and is replaced by Daniel-Kofi Kyereh.
81' SAVED!!! Neymar beats one, two, three players as he slaloms through the defence and into the box. He's running almost sidewards though, and the final shot, low into the far corner, is one that Wollacott can hold with relative ease!
80' Raphinha also comes off, and it's a like-for-like replacement in Real Madrid winger Rodrygo.
Éverton Ribeiro
Lucas Paquetá
79' Paqueta's been superb in the middle of the park for Brazil, but he comes off now for Everton Ribeiro.
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77' Neymar loses the ball after being crowded out in midfield, and lashes out at the beneficiary, clipping Kudus deliberately and being given a yellow card.
76' CHANCE!!! Semenyo is dispossessed on the edge of his own box and Neymar plays in Paqueta. He rifles the ball across the face of goal, but Raphinha, sliding in at the front post, can't quite reach it and the cross flashes wide!!
74' Neymar's fouled in midfield again, this time by Kudus, and the Brazil forward wins his fifth free-kick of the match!
E. Owusu
I. Baba
72' Iddrisu Baba also comes off. He's been yellow carded too, and is withdrawn for Elisha Owusu.
T. Lamptey
D. Odoi
72' The booked Odoi also comes off, and is replaced on the right edge of defence by Brighton full-back Tariq Lamptey.
A. Semenyo
A. Ayew
72' More substitutes are ready and waiting for Ghana, with the first change seeing captain Andre Ayew brought off for Antoine Semenyo.
70' Raphinha cuts out Salisu's pass and surges down the right on the break. He looks to find Cunha on the run, but the pass is too close to Wollacott and the Charlton Athletic goalkeeper gathers!
68' Baba Rahman's cross takes a big deflection off Militao, and Alisson races out of his goal to acrobatically keep the ball in play, before spraying it forward into midfield!
66' CHANCE!!! Neymar's cross in from the free-kick is punched away by Wollacott, and Raphinha's return ball is also cut out. Ghana counter at pace and Baba Rahman crosses low to the front post, but the ball hits the calf of Kudus and bounces away from Williams' path!
65' Neymar skips past two before being felled by Odoi on the edge of the box, and there'll be a queue of Selecao stars who fancy a shot from this excellent position.
64' Richarlison scored twice from just three attempts at goal, scoring the two times he hit the target. The Spurs striker also won both of his duels in the air, one of which was Brazil's third goal, and he had such an impact on the game despite only touching the ball three times in the Ghanaian box. Deadly.
Vinícius Júnior
63' Vinicius is also withdrawn by Tite, with recent Manchester United signing Antony replacing him on the wing.
Matheus Cunha
63' Richarlison's two goals appear to have put the game beyond Ghana's reach, and he comes off now for Atletico forward Matheus Cunha.
63' Casemiro hobbles off after picking up a slight knock, and the Manchester United midfielder is replaced by his Liverpool compatriot Fabinho.
61' Williams' introduction has certainly given Ghana a focal point, and he's shown exactly how dangerous he can be in just 15 minutes of second-half action so far. By the time Qatar comes around and he's properly gelled into the team, he could prove to be a crucial edition as Ghana look to progress through the different stages of the tournament.
59' BLOCKED!!! Williams holds his run before being released by Kudus, and races into the box to shoot once more, but Bremer gets in the way again to block it behind for a corner!
57' OFF THE BAR!!! Williams surges past Bremer and crosses, but the Brazil debutant gets back to block the ball behind for a corner. Kudus whips it in, and Ayew gets a good header to it that beats Alisson before bouncing off the crossbar!
55' After doing well to bring down Andre Ayew's cross on the left side of the box, Jordan Ayew dribbles in-field and beats Raphinha and Militao brilliantly with some superb skill. He goes down under the latter's challenge to no avail, and Baba Rahman's resultant cross floats straight into the gloves of Alisson!
I. Baba
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53' Iddrisu Baba's all over Richarlison and takes the Brazil striker to ground. It's not the worst of fouls, but one of several he's conceded already, and the Ghana midfielder goes into the book.
51' Baba Rahman dribbles down the left, beating Raphinha before being shoved over by the forearm of Paqueta, and the Black Stars have an attacking free-kick to swing in from the touchline!
50' Ghana counter and Iddrisu Baba frees up Williams down the right. He takes on Bremer before crossing, but there's no-one in red there to tuck it away and the chance comes to nothing!
48' A flick behind from Baba Rahman denies Raphinha a back-post finish, and the Selecao winger's cross from the resultant corner is punched away confidently by Wollacott!
D. Odoi
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47' Brazil counter from a Ghana attack and Vinicius cuts inside as he passes halfway. Odoi body-checks him and barrels him to the floor, picking up a yellow card for the foul.
46' Williams' first touch in a Ghana shirt is to kick off the second half, and we're back underway in Le Havre!
M. Salisu
F. Afena-Gyan
46' Afena-Gyan also comes off, with Southampton defender Mohamed Salisu taking his place in the side, also for his first appearance.
Thiago Silva
46' Brazil captain Silva will also be substituted at half-time, and he's replaced by Juventus centre-back Bremer, making his debut for the Selecao.
I. Williams
K. Sulemana
46' Sulemana comes off for Ghana after a quiet first half, and in his place comes much-anticipated debutant Inaki Williams.
The teams are back out for the second half, and will we see some form of a fightback from the Black Stars in the second half?
Neymar was practically untouchable in the first half, setting up two goals and going close with many other defence-splitting passes. He created four good chances with the ball at his feet, and also had a sole shot. He attempted three crosses, one of which set up the third goal, and also contested 10 duels, winning seven, and won three free-kicks as well as completing 15 passes from five entries into the final third, and six touches in the box. Poster boy.
That's half-time, and although it's unlikely the term 'one-way traffic' was originally invented in a footballing context, if it had, it would've been to describe that first half. Ghana barely had a sniff, with Brazil racing into an early lead after Marquinhos headed Raphinha's corner home. Two more soon followed as Brazil commandeered the first 45, with Richarlison scoring with both foot and head after twice being set up by Neymar. All Canarinho, all Brazil, and a warning to all 31 other nations competing in Qatar that the Selecao mean business.
A. Ayew
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45' Despite being fouled, Andre Ayew's aggressive reaction to the challenge was what sparked the scuffle, and so the Black Stars captain is also shown a yellow card.
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45' A melee erupts in the Ghana box after Casemiro flies in late on Andre Ayew, and after the referee calms the tensions down, he shows a yellow card to the Selecao midfielder!
43' Afena-Gyan attempts to find crossing space on the right, but is blocked from doing so before Casemiro arrives and takes him to ground, conceding a free-kick in the process.
42' BLOCKED!!! Brazil counter at lightning speed as Neymar sends Vinicius down the left. The PSG playmaker gets the ball back before finding Paqueta, whose effort deflects the way of Raphinha. He looks to fire home the rebound, but a block from Amartey sends the ball behind for a corner!
40' Another assist for Neymar, who like Raphinha's corner, gave the defence no chance of keeping that cross out of harm's way with such a quick and accurate delivery.
40' GOOOAAAALLL!!! There's the third!!! After Odoi blocks the run of Vinicius, Neymar swings the free-kick in from the left. Richarlison and Silva both arrive at the front post to glance the ball goalwards, and the Tottenham forward gets the crucial touch to score his second of the game, and Brazil's third, as the Selecao lead 3-0!
38' Paqueta looks to put Militao through on a surging run down the right, but Jordan Ayew gets back and goal-side of the Brazil right-back and wins possession!
36' 2-0 up and cruising, Brazil are in no hurry to give Ghana the ball back, and the Black Stars can't get near them at the moment. Hearing "olay" from the crowd just over a third of the way into the game must be a first, surely?
34' Telles picks out Vinicius on the left wing, but the Real Madrid forward is offside and play is halted! If Telles had found Neymar slightly more centrally in that channel, the Selecao may have been in again.
32' Neymar is caught late by Kudus again in midfield, and the referee stops play to have what appears to be a stern word with the Ghana midfielder. In Kudus' defence though, any midfielder would be struggling to keep pace with Neymar when he's in this kind of mood!
30' Raphinha attempts to beat Baba Rahman on his way into the box, but loses out to the Ghana left-back and goes down to no avail!
28' Neymar's been an assisting machine so far this season, and has another fine addition to his collection with the pass for that splendid finish!
28' GOOOOAAALLLLL!!!! How cool!!!! Neymar takes Paqueta's pass and rolls it to Richarlison on the edge of the box, who, with his first touch, curls it low towards the bottom corner, beyond Wollacott's reach and into the back of the net!!! So composed, and so dominant, and Brazil double their lead to make it 2-0!
26' Jordan Ayew looks to create shooting space in the box, but is blocked off and shunted wide by Marquinhos, who forces Ayew into a poor cross, which is intercepted.
24' Casemiro takes a long run-up to the free-kick before striking it low and hard, but the shot doesn't trouble Wollacott at all, who holds it.
23' As Iddrisu Baba fouls Neymar for a Brazil free-kick, it's worth noting just how much Brazil are dominating proceedings here. They've had 69.3 per cent possession, and have completed 174 passes already, well more than double Ghana's 78.
21' CHANCE!! Vinicius cuts inside from the left and puts Odoi on his backside in the box, but his eventual shot deflects off Djiku, then Neymar, before bouncing into the hands of Wollacott!
20' WIDE!!! Telles finds Neymar in the box with a fantastic throughball, and the PSG man beats his marker before firing a left-footed effort across goal, with the low shot rolling just wide of the far post!
18' Ghana's formation now resembles more of a 4-1-4-1, with Iddrisu Baba sitting deep at the base of midfield and Jordan Ayew switching to the left, pushing his brother Andre into a more central position.
16' WIDE!!! Neymar feigns shooting before teeing up Vinicius. He dinks the ball to the back post, but a Djiku header takes it away from Raphinha. He's not deterred though, and hits an acrobatic bicycle kick, but can't get the effort on target and finds the side netting!
15' WHAT A MISS!!! Vinicius squares up Odoi before firing a cross with the outside of his foot. Raphinha is unmarked at the back post, but can't direct the ball goalwards and volleys wide!
14' Neymar is caught late by Kudus and hits the deck, but is eventually able to get back to his feet and play carries on.
12' The Ayew brothers link up and Jordan surges down the left byline. He crosses for Afena-Gyan, but Marquinhos scythes the ball out with his right foot and concedes a corner!
11' Ghana have barely left their own half in the first 11 minutes, but now they're a goal down, they may throw caution to the wind and come straight back at Brazil.
9' Raphinha appeared to take that corner at 100 miles per hour, and the Barcelona winger's delivery made the header unsaveable for Wollacott in the Ghanaian goal!
9' GOOOOAAAALLL!!!! Brazil lead!!!! Raphinha whips in the corner with venomous pace, and there's a queue of yellow shirts racing to get onto it. Marquinhos rises highest, and has a free header to nod beyond Wollacott and put the Selecao into a very early 1-0 lead!!!
9' Brazil come forward in numbers again and Militao has the ball, but the Selecao defender tries his luck from some 35 yards, but a deflection off Baba Rahman takes it behind for a corner!
7' WIDE!!! Neymar beats two and puts Vinicius into space down the left. He crosses to the edge of the area, where Paqueta arrives late and hits a good effort just wide of the far post!
5' OVER!!! Paqueta surges down the right and cuts the ball back from the byline. Richarlison is the target, but he can only smash his first-time shot over the crossbar!
4' Odoi finds Afena-Gyan with an exquisite ball down the right-hand side, and the Cremonese striker evades Silva before firing into the gloves of Alisson!
2' Brazil seek an opportunity following a risky back-pass from Kudus to Wollacott, but Djiku stands tall at the back for Ghana and Neymar can't find a way through.
1' Richarlison kicks off for Brazil, and we are off and running in northern France!
The teams make their way onto the pitch in Le Havre, and following the respective national anthems, we'll be underway!
The big inclusion for Ghana is Bilbao-born Inaki Williams, who after winning a solitary cap for Spain back in 2016, has switched allegiances to Ghana to honour his family roots. Williams’ parents crossed the Sahara desert on foot in order to reach Spain, settling in the Basque region prior to Inaki’s birth. Williams is only included on the bench however, with Jordan Ayew and Felix Afena-Gyan starting up front, but the Athletic Club striker could well make his debut at some point in the game.
Neymar’s penalty was the difference as Brazil closed out last season with a 1-0 win over Japan, but the PSG forward has started 2022-23 in superb form ahead of the World Cup. He’s scored eight in eight games thus far, assisting seven, and although he’s playing deeper behind a front three of Raphinha, Richarlison and Vinicius, is bound to have a significant hand in Brazil’s attacking output.
GHANA SUBS: Richard Ofori, Abdul Manaf Nurudeen, Tariq Lamptey, Mohammed Salisu, Elisha Owusu, Issahaku Tafawu, Daniel-Kofi Kyereh, Osman Bukari, Gideon Mensah, Joseph Aidoo, Inaki Williams, Alidu Seidu, Antoine Semenyo, Daniel Barnieh.
GHANA (4-4-2): Joseph Wollacott; Denis Odoi, Alexander Djiku, Daniel Amartey, Abdul Rahman Baba; Kamaldeen Sulemana, Mohammed Kudus, Iddrisu Baba, Andre Ayew; Felix Afena-Gyan, Jordan Ayew.
BRAZIL SUBS: Weverton, Ederson, Danilo, Fred, Everton Ribiero, Roger Ibanez, Fabinho, Renan Lodi, Bruno Guimaraes, Antony, Matheus Cunha, Bremer, Roberto Firmino, Pedro, Rodrygo.
BRAZIL (4-3-3): Alisson; Eder Militao, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Alex Telles; Lucas Paqueta, Casemiro, Neymar; Raphinha, Richarlison, Vinicius Junior.
Ghana, meanwhile, have had a mixed 2022 to say the least, following up a group stage exit from the Africa Cup of Nations with qualification for the World Cup at Nigeria’s expense. Bizarrely, his occurred on away goals after drawing 1-1 over two legs, but now that they’re heading to Qatar, the Black Stars will be aiming to evoke the spirit of 2010, where they were just a Luis Suarez handball away from the semi-finals in South Africa.
The Selecao are unbeaten in over a year, and since losing to Argentina in the final of the 2021 Copa America final, have won all but three of their games, meaning that they’ll be amongst the favourites to win in Qatar regardless of this game’s result.
Hello, and welcome to live coverage of this international friendly match, as Brazil play Ghana in the last round of fixtures before the World Cup in Qatar.