FOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts (AP) — With one of the top players in the world sidelined, another international superstar put on a show. Neymar scored once and set up Brazil's other two goals during a 3-1 victory over Portugal in a friendly on Tuesday.
"He has been playing very well for three, four years," Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said through a translator. "Only once in every 15 or 20 games does he not play what he knows how to do.
"But normally, Neymar is this."
Thiago Silva and Jo also scored for the Confederations Cup champions and 2014 World Cup host before 62,310 fans at Gillette Stadium.
The result may have been different, though, had Portugal been playing with Cristiano Ronaldo, who was absent dealing with tendinitis.
Ronaldo, the second-highest goal-scorer in Portugal's history, played through pain on Friday, according to team doctor Henrique Jones, recording his first international hat trick in a World Cup qualifying victory over Northern Ireland.
"Naturally, he has a great influence on the way we play. But we didn't lose this game due to his absence," Portugal coach Paulo Bento said through a translator.