Je­sus scores in Brazil’s win over Saudi Ara­bia

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Riyadh: Manch­ester City striker Gabriel Je­sus scored as Brazil beat Saudi Ara­bia 2-0 in a friendly in Riyadh.

Brazil took the lead just be­fore half-time when Ney­mar ran at the home de­fence and played in Je­sus, who slot­ted past Mo­hammed Al-Owais. The hosts ended the match with 10 men as Al-Owais was shown a straight red card in the 85th minute for han­dling the ball out­side the penalty area.

Alex San­dro added a sec­ond in in­jury time with a header from Ney­mar’s pass.

This was the first of two matches in Saudi Ara­bia for Brazil as they take on Ar­gentina on Tues­day.

It will be a tougher task against their South Amer­i­can ri­vals as Saudi Ara­bia did not man­age a shot on tar­get.

Brazil in­cluded a front three of Je­sus, Ney­mar and Philippe Coutinho, but it took them 44 min­utes to make the break­through when Je­sus fin­ished af­ter fine work from Ney­mar.

It was Je­sus’ third goal of the sea­son af­ter scor­ing in City’s 6-1 Pre­mier League win over Hud­der­s­field on 19 Au­gust and in the 3-0 win over League One Ox­ford United in the Carabao Cup third round.

RE­SULTS- Saudi Ara­bia 0-2 Brazil, USA 2-4 Colom­bia, Mex­ico 3-2 Costa Rica, Ja­pan 3-0 Panama, South Korea 2-1 Uruguay, Qatar 4-3 Ecuador. -BBC Sports

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