Brazil held by Panama | 2019-03-25 |

Brazil held by Panama

25 March, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Panama produced one of the most famous results in their history by holding Brazil to a 1-1 draw in a friendly in Porto, reports Skysports.

Brazil had won six games in a row since their disappointing World Cup quarter-final exit to Belgium but could not break down the stubborn resistance of their Central American opponents in the second half.

With an injured Neymar watching from the stands, Milan’s Lucas Paqueta was given the No 10 shirt and his first start for his country, and he responded with his first goal.

But Adolfo Machado quickly equalised, becoming the first Panama player to score against Brazil in the fourth meeting between the sides, and two efforts against the woodwork were the closest Brazil came to a winner.

Manchester City’s Ederson was preferred to Alisson of Liverpool in goal while Roberto Firmino and Richarlison formed part of a front trio with Philippe Coutinho.

Panama had the first effort on goal in the 13th minute when Fidel Escobar shot wide, and it was a slow start from Brazil, who did not begin to threaten until midway through the first half.

Firmino planted a header just wide while, in the 23rd minute, Arthur produced a fine effort that just missed the target.