Owning a three-goal lead before the end of the first half, Brazil outhustled and overwhelmed Turkey during international friendly play Wednesday, cruising to a 4-0 victory at Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul.
Forward Neymar recorded the match’s first goal in the 20th minute and connected on his second 40 minutes later. The Barcelona star has now scored seven goals in international play since the World Cup, building off his four-goal performance against Japan last month.
Neymar first slipped past Turkey’s backline and accepted a deep, chipped through ball from Fernandinho, then buried a right-footed strike all alone in front of goalkeeper Volkan Demirel for the 1-0 lead.
In the 60th, Willian would link up with Neymar for a similar play, with the 22-year-old gliding to the goal and converting another right-footed goal.
The Turkish side did manage to hold off Brazil for stretches of the first half, but defender Semih Kaya deflated those efforts with an own goal in the 24th minute. The 23-year-old tried to deflect a cross intended for Brazil’s Adriano in the air, but it zipped right past Demirel.
Up 2-0 at that point, Neymar aided Willian with his goal. After Neymar had established deep position in Turkey’s area with some expected clever dribbling, the Chelsea star streaked to the box to accept the low cross for a right-footed score in the 44th minute.
Possession was split evenly, and each side had 10 fouls.
Up next for Brazil is a road match against Austria on Tuesday. Turkey will host Kazakhstan on Sunday.