Richarlison at the double as Brazil thrash El Salvador

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Richarlison scored twice as Brazil ran riot in a 5-0 friendly win over El Salvador.

The Everton forward was handed his first full debut after coming off the bench against the United States at the weekend and added to Neymar’s early spot-kick, with Philippe Coutinho and Marquinhos also scoring.

Brazil took the lead after just four minutes with Roberto Dominguez bringing down Richarlison and Neymar converting the penalty low to the right of Derby Carrillo.

Richarlison then opened his international account in the 16th minute with an excellent curling effort from the edge of the box.

Coutinho scored from similar range on the half-hour after some excellent passing with Neymar on the left and Brazil went into the break 3-0 up.

Richarlison had his brace five minutes into the second-half, hammering a shot inside the near post after the ball had fallen nicely to him 12 yards out.

Marquinhos then headed home a corner in the 90th minute to complete the rout.

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Marco Asensio pleased with Spain success in Nations League

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Marco Asensio was the star of the show as Luis Enrique’s Spain thrashed Croatia 6-0 in the UEFA Nations League on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old scored one, saw another strike rebound off the crossbar and go in off the goalkeeper and set up three second-half goals to complete a statement victory in Elche.

Speaking after the game, Asensio told Sport: “We’re ending a get-together which went really well in every way and with our fans today we have been loved. It was really good playing here.”

The Real Madrid man has flourished at club level, winning eight trophies, including the Liga title and two Champions Leagues, and has developed into a jewel on the international stage over the past 12 months.

He added: “I am always trying to give my best on the pitch and if I can score goals, all the better. We have played against team that did really well in the World Cup. We saw it as a challenge and these are two important victories.”

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Gareth Southgate on the half-time talk that saved England from Swiss upset

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Gareth Southgate was pleased to hear voices raised in the England dressing room as “stern words” at half-time against Switzerland helped deliver a first victory in four games.

England were at risk of sinking to their worst ever sequence of defeats having lost their World Cup semi-final to Croatia, a third-place play-off to Belgium and Saturday’s Nations League date with Spain.

A much-changed starting XI, containing only two players who lined up at Wembley four days earlier and several with precious few Premier League minutes under their belt, were fortunate to reach the break level at the King Power Stadium after Xherdan Shaqiri hit the post.

A player-led inquest followed and, nine minutes after play resumed, Marcus Rashford’s smart volley ensured a 1-0 win.

“We always encourage them to have a voice. It’s important they feel close enough that they can get on to each other,” said Southgate.

“They were frustrated by the first half. I wasn’t in there at that moment because we always give them the first three or four minutes to themselves.

“We have to make sure that doesn’t boil over but it was quite calm by the time we got in there.

“That’s a good sign there’s some leadership in the group. They recognise when they want to be better.
“Today they were harsh on themselves.”

The view from the camp was equally welcoming of the lively mid-match debate.

Man-of-the-match Danny Rose told BBC Radio 5Live: “We could have been two or three nil down at half-time. It’s great we can all shout at each other and tell each other to improve like we did.

“In the end, we are over the moon to keep a clean sheet and get back to winning ways.”

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