Brazil, with its best team and its best Neymar, double passer, was too strong for Ghana (3-0), Friday in Le Havre in a friendly match.
Traditionally among the favorites before each World Cup, the “Seleçao” assumed its status by folding the match in half, under a Norman drizzle.
A goal from Marquinhos with a header from a corner (9th) and a double from Richarlison (28th, 40th), each time served by Neymar, dismissed the “Black Stars”.
For one of the last preparation matches for the 2022 World Cup (November 20-December 18), coach Tite has aligned what looks like his base eleven, with Richarlison at the forefront and Neymar in a fairly free N.10 position.
The only small innovation is the position of Eder Militao, central at Real Madrid, in a right-back role.
The hinge Marquinhos-Thiago Silva, captain who celebrated his 38th birthday the day before the match, brought back memories to PSG supporters …
This armada quickly folded the match, first a header from “Marqui” from a corner, then a superb instantaneous recovery from Richarlison on a clever vertical pass from Neymar, an action too fast for the Ghanaian rearguard.
The Tottenham striker, with an uncrossed header, this time from a free kick from “Ney”, brought the score to 3-0.
– “Jogo bonito” –
A few other sequences of “jogo bonito” delighted the public at the Océane stadium, filled for the occasion.
Le Havre had not seen a world poster since Czechoslovakia-Netherlands (3-0 ap) in the round of 16 of the 1938 World Cup, played at the old Jules-Deschaseaux stadium (then called Stade Municipal), located in the other side of the road from the new HAC enclosure, inaugurated in 2012.
Ghana for its part has defended far too badly to compete. There is still work for coach Otto Addo, even if his team recovered in the second half.
At the break, he switched to a three-man defense, bringing in Mohammed Salisu in place of his forward Felix Afena-Gyan, who was hardly dangerous.
Addo also replaced Rennais Kamaldeen Suleimana with Iñaki Williams, to switch to a two-point attack with André Ayew and the Basque from Athletic Bilbao, of Ghanaian origin, who was celebrating his first selection there.
The Ayew brothers, André, the captain, and Jordan, were treated to applause from an audience who saw them play in Ligue 1 with OM, but no one really stood out among the “Black Stars”, except the spicy entry of the Basque Williams.
They will have to do more to hope to get out of their group (H) at the World Cup, with Portugal, Uruguay and South Korea, and give themselves a chance to meet Brazil again in the round of 16.
The two selections could face each other if they finish first and the other second in their groups.
Brazil are in Group G, along with Cameroon, Serbia and Switzerland.
In the meantime, the two teams continue their preparation, Brazil in France, with a match against Tunisia, Wednesday at the Parc des Princes, the home of Neymar and Marquinhos.
Ghana face Nicaragua in Spain on Tuesday, a less competitive opponent…