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Neymar stars as Brazil hit Australia for six

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Brazil celebrated their Independence day in emphatic style with a 6-0 thrashing of Australia in Saturday's night's international friendly at the Mane Garrincha Stadium.

Neymar stole the show with a goal and an assist, and was influential throughout the encounter, as three goals in each half ensured a comfortable victory for the Confederations Cup winners, in what was an entirely one-sided encounter.

Jo broke the deadlock with less than 10 minutes on the clock, scoring his first of two goals, after Bernard's volleyed effort from a Neymar cross rebounded off the post, into the striker's path to tap-in from close range.

Australia responded positively, winning a succession of corners, but their failure to convert was punished by a swift Brazilian counter-attack, with Bernard again the provider after his pinpoint cross was met by the head of Jo for 2-0.

Neymar then wasted no time in adding a third, after latching on to a perfectly weighted through ball, before calmly slotting past goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.

Thiago Silva had an early second-half header ruled out, but it wasn't long before Schwarzer was picking the ball out of his net again, this time his Chelsea team-mate Ramires, heading home on 58 minutes to make it 4-0.

The Blues midfielder nearly added his second when he saw a 20-yard effort rebound off a post, before Neymar was at his creative best again, this time working some space down the left flank, to cut back for Alexandre Pato at the near post.

Luis Gustavo completed the rout with the goal of the night in the closing stages, exchanging a neat one-two with the instrumental Barcelona forward, before unleashing an unstoppable drive into the top corner from 25 yards.

Watch highlights of Brazil's 6-0 win over Australia in the video above, and leave a comment with your favourite goal of the night in the comment box provided.

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