Brazil warm up for Copa America with 7-0 Honduras thrashing, but Barcelona's Arthur injured

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Brazil's players congratulate Philippe Coutinho on making it 3-0.

Brazil beat Honduras 7-0 in Porto Alegre on Sunday as they warmed up for the Copa America in emphatic fashion.

However, the victory came at a price as Arthur had to be substituted due to what looked like a knee injury and there are fears the Barcelona midfielder may miss the tournament in Brazil.

Already without the injured Neymar, Brazil made light work of Honduras. Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus and defender Thiago Silva headed Tite’s side into a two-goal lead before Romell Quioto was sent off for a challenge on Arthur.

Philippe Coutinho scored from the penalty spot and Jesus scored his second of the game after the break before David Neres, Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino and Everton’s Richarlison completed the rout.

The result is Brazil’s biggest win since 2012 and came despite missing talisman Neymar, who is ruled out of the Copa America after suffering an ankle injury in a friendly against Qatar.

Jesus headed Brazil into an early lead at the back post, with the goal surviving a lengthy VAR check.

Silva doubled the lead after 12 minutes when he stole in front of his marker to guide in a near-post header from Coutinho’s corner.

Honduras were reduced to 10 men when Quioto was dismissed and Coutinho extended Brazil’s lead by converting a penalty awarded for Emilio Izaguirre’s foul on Richarlison.

Coutinho saw an effort strike the woodwork before Jesus helped himself to a simple second early in the second half when Richarlison unselfishly nodded Fernandinho’s lofted pass into his path.

Neres netted his first international goal with a fine solo run and finish before Firmino, who replaced Jesus, chipped in a tidy finish in the 65th minute.

Honduras were increasingly over-run and Richarlison scored a tap-in to complete the rout with 70 minutes on the clock.

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England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has been named in the Nations League team of the tournament.

The Everton shot-stopper was the only member of Gareth Southgate’s squad to make it into the XI based on UEFA’s FedEx Performance Zone.

Pickford produced a string of fine saves in England’s 3-1 extra-time semi-final defeat to the Netherlands on Thursday and then picked up the man-of-the-match award on Sunday.

The third-place play-off against Switzerland ended 0-0 after 120 minutes and the 25-year-old shone in the penalty shoot-out, scoring his attempt before denying Josip Drmic to seal a 6-5 triumph.

Former Newcastle right-back Kevin Mbabu was named in defence, while ex-Middlesbrough man Marten de Roon joined Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva – named player of the tournament – in midfield.

Memphis Depay and Cristiano Ronaldo – two former Manchester United players – were named as forwards of the XI, which included highly-rated Dutch pair Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong.

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The Netherlands are an exciting prospect in world football, but flattered to deceive as they were well beaten by Portugal in the inaugural Nations League final.

The 1-0 scoreline might not seem convincing but this was about as dominant a performance as you could see from Cristiano Ronaldo and Co, with the reigning European champions always on top.

They had 18 shots compared to the Netherlands’ four and Goncalo Guedes’ blistering strike on the hour was no more than they deserved.

Here we rate the players following a blunt Dutch display.

NETHERLANDS (4-3-3)

Jasper Cillessen 6: Perhaps will feel he didn’t cover himself in glory for Guedes’ opener on his 50th cap, but it was fiercely hit. Otherwise faultless.

Denzel Dumfries 6: Overcame a difficult beginning and tried to influence game going forward after break, but given a torrid time by incisive Portugal forwards.

Virgil van Dijk 6: Largely imperious although Portugal’s increasing stranglehold left Dutch exposed at back and he was all at sea for only goal. Led side with four aerials won.

Matthijs de Ligt 8: Thundered into a few early challenges. Immaculate tackle thwarted Silva and led Dutch with six clearances. Such a mature player, but attackers let him down.

Daley Blind 8: Committed and fearless, had to be in face of rampant Portuguese onslaught. Led Dutch in tackles (4) and, oddly, key passes (2). Stoic, might have conceded penalty for clumsy tackle on Mourinho.

Georginio Wijnaldum 6: Kept Dutch ticking along with some nice touches and diligent defensive work. Had blushes spared by offside flag and gave ball away more than expected.

Marten de Roon 4: Couple of lazy misplaced passes gave Portugal upper hand. Faded but somehow stayed on. Flashed one chance just over late on.

Frenkie de Jong 5: Few nice touches and passes and 94.6 pass accuracy led Dutch, but struggled to exert his considerable talent on proceedings as he was pinned back by Portugal press.

Steven Bergwijn 7: Hesitated at crucial moment as he pounced on Fernandes’ errant early pass. Excellent chase and tackle to dispossess marauding Guedes.

De Ligt was a rare shining light for the Dutch.

De Ligt was a rare shining light for the Dutch.

Memphis Depay 5: His side’s focal point but was frustratingly kept at arm’s length. Didn’t seem able to find key to unlock air-tight defence, faded badly and was wasteful in second half.

Ryan Babel 4: Hardly had a kick as Portugal enjoyed bulk of possession and pushed defensive line up to stifle Dutch creativity. Hooked at half-time.

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Quincy Promes 5: Introduced for wretched Babel but hardly offered any more incision. Poor delivery from out wide.

Donny van de Beek 6: Would surely have started in a major tournament clash, was typically bright and busy when introduced.

Luuk de Jong N/A: Completely transformed the Dutch approach, earning a corner with an improvised header before sending another poorly wide.

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