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Powered by tricks and afros, Brazil leave Honduras chasing shadows and kicking standing legs

Fireworks, and lots of it.
Fireworks, and lots of it.
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For about the opening ten minutes, Honduras and Brazil were equals befitting their status as two World Cup-qualified nations.  For the remaining eighty, Honduras were left chasing shadows and kicking standing legs as next year's host nation put on a show, especially in the second half.

Five-nil was the final score and it could have easily been six or seven or ten.  At one point Neymar missed hilariously from about five yards out, while Ramires was all too casual with his chance to make it six.  In between and all around, second half goals from Dante, Maicon, Willian, and Hulk, following a first half Frodo Bernard tally, kept the 70,000 plus spectators in Miami and countless others in front of their TVs and computers entertained as only the Samba Boys could.

One of the goals came as a result of two successive backheels.  Willian's goal, his first in a Brazil shirt, was the result of a flowing team move.  No matter the method of attack, Brazil were irrepressible.

Of the Chelsea contingent, Oscar and David Luiz started.  Willian played the entire second half while Oscar was replaced by Ramires just after the hour mark.  David Luiz wore the captain's armband as he often does for Felipão.  The defender was also responsible for perhaps the best pass of the game, one of his long, diagonal specials that you either love or hate, depending on your mood and disposition.

The only negative aspect of the 90 minutes was the MLS-(and FIFA)-sanctioned referee who allowed Honduras to take out their frustrations on the Brazilians.  Neymar took the brunt of the challenges - beIN Sport commentator Ray Hudson quipped that the physios will have to apply the ice packs to every part of his body, starting with the back of his head - and it took until the second half for the referee to finally show a yellow card for all the decidedly un-friendly-match-like abuse going on out there.

When the second yellow flashed in just as many minutes, Brazil decided that they've had enough and proceeded to score four goals in just under 20 minutes.  So if next year's potential opponents were watching, they will have learned an important lesson:  do not make Brazil mad.

Next up for Brazil are Chile, vanquishers of England at Wembley a few days ago.  They should prove a tougher, but hopefully not a rougher challenge for Scolari's men.

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