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Neymar, Messi shine as Dutch slump again

Neymar Messi shine as Dutch slump again Barcelona teammates Neymar and Lionel Messi were both on target as Brazil and Argentina claimed international friendly wins but struggling Netherlands slumped to another defeat.

In Istanbul, Brazil defeated Turkey 4-0 yesterday as coach Dunga celebrated a fifth successive win since taking the hotseat following his country’s traumatic World Cup.

The match, played out in front of a packed Sukru Saracoglu, also saw Turkey suffer a sixth match without a victory.

Neymar opened the scoring after 19 minutes when he picked up a cross from Fernandinho before dribbling the ball into the area and stabbing it past a static Suleyman Demirel in the Turkish goal.

Five minutes later it was 2-0 when defender Suat Kaya put through his own goal under pressure from Luiz Adriano who was trying to reach a cross from Danilo.

Willian steered in the third just before the interval after a Neymar cross was not cleared with the Barcelona star adding his second on the hour mark after a neat one-two with Willian.

“I think I’m in the best form of my career though I can’t be satisfied. I shall keep on working hard to get even better, to keep on helping Barcelona and the Brazilian national side,” Neymar told Globo TV.

Carlos Tevez ended his three-year international exile as World Cup runners-up Argentina came from behind to beat a second-string Croatia 2-1 in London.

– PTI