World Cup 2014: Brazil and Switzerland claim warm-up wins
Neymar masterminded an easy 4-0 win for World Cup hosts Brazil over Panama on Tuesday, while Switzerland beat Peru.
Last Updated: 04/06/14 4:45pm
The Brazilian poster boy lived up to his top billing with a dazzling display that saw him convert a trademark free-kick, put it on a plate for Hulk to score and play a key role in almost every dangerous foray forward by the hosts.
Neymar opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark, curling an exquisite free-kick past Panama goalkeeper Oscar McFarlane after he himself was brought down on the edge of the box.
The 22-year-old Barcelona star almost set up a second minutes later, skipping past Felipe Baloy to the byline, but his cross was just too high for Fred.
Dani Alves got the second goal Brazil thoroughly deserved with a fine solo strike from outside the box into the far corner that gave McFarlane no chance.
Neymar continued to run the show after the interval and it was his excellent back heel into the box that put Hulk through.
The Zenit Saint Petersburg forward latched onto it and produced a silky first-touch finish with the outside of his boot to make it 3-0.
Another marauding run by Neymar caused problems for Panama late on, with the ball eventually breaking for Chelsea midfielder Willian to lash home from just inside the penalty area.
Far sterner tests await for Brazil, but their performance shows that they are in fine form and Neymar is ready to shine.
Meanwhile, late goals from Stephan Lichtsteiner and substitute Xherdan Shaqiri gave Switzerland a 2-0 win over Peru.
Ottmar Hitzfeld's side signed off their World Cup preparations with a victory ahead of their opening Group E clash with Ecuador on June 15, but they only sealed it in the last 15 minutes.
Lichtsteiner powered a header from a corner in the 78th minute past Peru keeper George Forsyth, before Shaqiri converted a low effort from the edge of the box six minutes later.
Greece and Nigeria battled out a 0-0 draw in Chester, Pennsylvania where both teams continued their build-up to the World Cup.
The clash at PPL Park saw late chances fall to Greece's Georgios Samaras and Nigeria's Efe Ambrose, team-mates at Scottish champions Celtic for the past two seasons, but neither man could make his opening count.
Greece start their Group C campaign against Colombia on June 14, before tackling Japan and Ivory Coast, while Nigeria will feature in Group F with Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iran.
Izet Hajrovic scored to give Bosnia-Herzegovina a 1-0 win over Mexico in Chicago.
The Galatasaray winger finished clinically from around nine yards in the 42nd minute, after a cut-back from the left by Sejad Salihovic.
Edin Dzeko had spurned earlier chances for the World Cup debutants, while Mexico striker Javier Hernandez hit the left post before the goal arrived.
Dzeko, the Manchester City striker, believes Bosnia-Herzegovina can go to Brazil in high spirits.
He told ESPN: "I think it's definitely good for our confidence. To win against Mexico, against their great fans as well, it's a great win for us.
"Now we are well prepared for the World Cup.
"We want to give our best there and try to get to the second round and then we'll see."