When is a friendly a misnomer? When it’s Brazil against Honduras, in a “friendly” match in Miami with both teams playing competitive and sometimes combative football.
The match between Brazil and Honduras was an ideal test for both teams. At World Cup 2014, Brazil will come up against tough, physical teams who are dangerous on the counter attack, such as Honduras. Meanwhile, the Central American opponent will face flashy, skillful and attacking sides like Brazil.
For the first 20 minutes, it was an evenly matched game with Honduras looking dangerous with Roger Espinoza bombing down the left wing. But after Brazil opened the scoring with a goal by Bernard in the 23rd minute, after hitting the ball into the roof of the net after a pass from Paulinho, the match swung in favor of the “home” crowd.
Over the course of the remaining 67 plus minutes of the match, Brazil put on a clinic.
Watching this Brazilian side play up close is a spectacle. Their ability to play so many styles of play makes them incredible dangerous and unpredictable. Inch-perfect long ball passes from David Luiz and Neymar behind Honduras’s defense interspersed with attacking runs and possession football makes this Brazil team so difficult to break down. Whether any team next summer will be able to break apart this Brazil team is doubtful.
Even when Brazil made substitutions in the match, the depth of their team was evident with the players coming on to the pitch — Ramires, Hulk, Willian and Robinho.
The crowd in Miami were up for the game as much as Brazil. A record-breaking crowd of 71,124 filled Sun Life Stadium, adding a party atmosphere as Brazil continued to entertain and not disappoint.
Brazil ended up winning the match 5-0 with goals by Bernard, Dante, Maicon, Willian and Hulk.