Brazil Eases Past Panama As Nigeria Is Held To Goalless Draw By...

Brazil Eases Past Panama As Nigeria Is Held To Goalless Draw By Greece

By Goal on June 4, 2014

Switzerland defeated Peru 2-0 in their final World Cup warm-up match. In front of their home crowd, Switzerland’s Stephan Lichsteiner and Xherdan Shaqiri put Ottmar Hitzfeld’s side ahead late on in the match.

Neymar scored one goal and set up two others to help Brazil defeat Panama 4-0 in a World Cup warm-up match on Tuesday. Neymar broke the deadlock with a well-struck free kick from just outside the area in the 26th minute, and then sent a perfect back-heel pass for Hulk to score less than a minute into the second half. Neymar also started the move that led to Willian scoring in the 73rd. Neymar’s Barcelona teammate Dani Alves had struck Brazil’s second goal with a right footed shot in the 40th. Brazil had been struggling until the first goal and fans had started to jeer their team at the nearly packed Serra Dourada Stadium in Goiania. It was Brazil’s second-to-last match before the World Cup opener on June 12.

Izet Hajrovic scored the only goal as Bosnia-Herzegovina beat Mexico 1-0 in front of a crowd of 60,000 in Chicago. Sejad Salihovic received the ball on the touchline and centered for Hajrovic to tap home. Javier Hernandez hit the post in the first half for Mexico, but Bosnia controlled possession for much of the game.

Star forward Xherdan Shaqiri scored a rare right-footed goal to help Switzerland beat Peru 2-0 in their final warm-up game. The Bayern Munich winger struck in the 84th minute, finishing smartly after taking a long through pass in his stride. Switzerland right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner headed the opening goal in the 78th minute from left-back Ricardo Rodriguez’s cross. The Swiss started slowly but played their best football near the end, following the same pattern as their 1-0 win against Jamaica last Friday.

Greece and Nigeria played to a scoreless draw in Philadelphia. There were few scoring chances, with the best opportunity coming for Greece in the 83rd minute when Giorgios Samaras had a shot blocked from 10 yards out, and Dimitris Salpingidis followed with a header that missed. Nigeria countered in the 87th minute when Ogenyi Onazi fired a shot from 25 yards that was saved by goalkeeper Stefanos Kapino.

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