Brazil routs Honduras 5-0

In one brief spurt, Brazil turned a close game into a rout and

proved again it will be a strong World Cup favorite.

Maicon, Willian and Hulk scored in a seven-minute span to lead

Brazil to a 5-0 victory in front of a crowd of 71,124 at Sun Life

Stadium. The attendance was the highest for a soccer match in the

Miami Dolphins’ stadium.

After a tight first half, Brazil broke the game open with four

second-half goals.

”In the first half, it was a very competitive match,” Brazil

coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said. ”We were fortunate to capitalize

on our second half opportunities.”

Maicon’s goal in the 65th minute gave Brazil a 3-0 lead.

Honduras goalkeeper Noel Valladares deflected Paulinho’s header

from the left post area and an unmarked Maicon retrieved the

deflection near the far post and tapped it into the net.

William scored in the 70th. William received Hulk’s pass and

beat Valladares with a shot from 15 yards.

Hulk followed up his assist with Brazil’s fifth goal three

minutes later. Robinho’s heel pass found Hulk, who converted on a

shot that landed inside the left post.

”I did not expect this type of result,” Scolari said. ”I have

too much respect for Honduras. They have a very good team. We have

a young team and this provides another opportunity in our

preparation for the World Cup.”

Brazil opened the scoring with Bernard’s goal in the 22nd

minute. Paulinho’s cross from the right wing found an open Bernard

just outside the 6-yard box, where his blast landed under the

crossbar.

In the 36th minute, Neymar broke free down the left wing for a

shot deep in the goal area. Noel Valladares deflected Neymar’s

attempt from 12 yards.

Honduran defenders targeted Neymar closely and the Barcelona

striker ended on the ground repeatedly throughout the match. As a

result of the constant pressure, Neymar drew three yellow cards and

eight fouls.

”I am not going to discuss the emphasis on Neymar,” Honduras

coach Luis Fernando Suarez said. ”Obviously, he is a player that

generates tremendous attention. But my focus is our team and moving

forward.”

Jerry Bengston had Honduras’ best scoring threat of the first

half when his header inside the 6-yard box sailed above the

crossbar.

Dante made it 2-0 in the 55th minute. Neymar sent a free kick

from the left wing toward the 6-yard area, where Dante’s header

rolled under the legs of Honduras’ Carlos Costly and into the

net.

”The positive I take from this game is we played a very good

first half,” Suarez said. ”Our play decreased dramatically in the

second half while Brazil raised its game to another level.”

On Tuesday night, Brazil will play Chile in Toronto, and

Honduras will face Ecuador in Houston.