Team GB's men have been given a taste of just how tough their quest for a football medal will be after rising star Neymar's fine individual display ensured Brazil eased to a 2-0 win at the Riverside Stadium.

Tottenham midfielder Sandro headed Mano Menezes' side into a 12th-minute lead, while 20-year-old striker Neymar converted a 35th-minute penalty after Micah Richards had tripped Porto frontman Hulk.

It was only goalkeepers Jason Steele before the break and Jack Butland after it who kept the scoreline respectable in front of a crowd of 24,721.

A bullish Team GB boss Stuart Pearce revealed in the build-up to the game that, rather than shying away from the tournament favourites, he welcomed the opportunity for his players to test themselves against the best.

They begin their campaign against Senegal at Old Trafford next Thursday evening.


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