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Brazil beats Ghana 3-0 in pre-World Cup friendly

Brazil beats Ghana 3-0 in pre-World Cup friendly

Brazil continued their ominous form by dispatching Ghana 3-0 in Le Havre, extending their unbeaten run to 14 matches with their fifth consecutive win over the Black Stars.

Brazil has forgotten what it is like to lose, and their confidence was evident from the start as they dominated proceedings. Richarlison fired over the crossbar after Lucas Paquetá’s cross, before the latter shot just wide after Vincius Jnior’s squared ball.

Marquinhos broke free from the clutches of his would-be markers after nine minutes to rise highest and head powerfully in from Raphinha’s corner for the opening goal of the night.

In the first half, Vincius Jr had the freedom of the left wing, and he expertly picked out Raphinha at the far post with an outside of the foot pass, but he was unable to direct the ball in from close range.

The pressure continued to mount on the five-time World Cup winners, who were able to add two more goals before halftime to ensure their dominance was reflected on the scoreboard.

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Richarlison made amends for his earlier miss when his shot from the edge of the area found the right corner, before heading home from Neymar’s free-kick to give Tottenham Hotspur a three-goal lead at the half.

The game, which was played in France to help reduce travel for both teams’ European-based players, lacked tempo in the first half, with Tite’s men content with their commanding lead. With the hour mark approaching, Otto Addo’s team came close to scoring when André Ayew’s header from a corner hit the bar and went over.

Ghana fought hard throughout the second period, but they never looked like they were going to be able to even the score. Brazil easily held off the Black Stars as they continue to build momentum ahead of their quest for a sixth World Cup title in a few months.

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