Not that it was unexpected, but El Salvador proved to be no match for Brazil.
The five-time World Cup champions, playing their second straight friendly in the USA, raced out to a 3-0 lead over the Central Americans in a friendly at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., Tuesday night and never looked back, winning 5-0. Neymar, Richarlison and Philippe Coutinho all scored within the opening half hour, leaving no doubt a few days after beating a young USA side 2-0 in New Jersey.
Neymar, as he did against the Americans, scored from the penalty spot, giving Brazil a fourth-minute lead. The goal was the 59th of his international career, pulling him within three of Ronaldo for second on Brazil's all-time list. Pele holds the record with 77.
The advantage was doubled 12 minutes later, when Richarlison scored his first international goal in sensational fashion. After a pass from Neymar, the Everton forward curled a first-time, right-footed shot into the far netting to make it 2-0.
Coutinho made it 3-0 in the 30th minute, driving a low, right-footed shot by goalkeeper Henry Hernandez that was also assisted by Neymar.
Brazil kept piling it on in the second half. Richarlison scored his second of the game five minutes after the restart, pouncing on a loose ball in the box after Coutinho's impressive dribble, making it 4-0.
Marquinhos tacked on a fifth in the dying moments, heading home Neymar's corner kick, capping a one-sided rout and second straight win for the Seleção after their World Cup elimination in the quarterfinals vs. Belgium.
Brazil is continuing its preparations to host Copa America next summer and has friendlies set against Saudi Arabia and rival Argentina set for next month.