Neymar highlights difficult task for Team GB footballers

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Rising star Neymar sent out a warning to Brazil’s Olympic rivals as Team GB learnt just how tough their medal quest will be.

The 20-year-old striker turned in a fine individual display as Mano Menezes’ men eased their way to a 2-0 win at the Riverside Stadium.

Tottenham midfielder Sandro headed the visitors into a 12th-minute lead before Neymar converted a 35th-minute penalty after Micah Richards had tripped Porto frontman Hulk.

In truth, the Brazilians won with something to spare on a night when goalkeepers Jason Steele before the break and Jack Butland after it kept the scoreline respectable in front of a crowd of 24,721 at the Riverside Stadium. Just what Team GB boss Stuart Pearce was able to glean from an intensely difficult evening is debatable.

Earlier in the evening, the Team GB women’s side drew 0-0 with Sweden.