Turkey 0-4 Brazil
12 November 2014
Atatürk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul
Scorers: Neymar (2), Kaya (OG), Willian
Unofficial football world champions Brazil cruised past challengers Turkey with another fantastic post-World Cup performance of the type that was sorely lacking during the official tournament. Turkish fans sang the name of two-goal man of the match Neymar, and booed and whistled their own team, such was the gulf in class on show.
It took Brazil 20 minutes to open the scoring, with Neymar beating the Turkey defence to latch onto a long ball and slip it past keeper Volkan Demirel. That was Neymar’s 41st goal for his country, at just 22 years of age.
Three minutes later Brazil’s lead was extended, when Galatasaray centre back Semih Kaya unintentionally deflected a cross into his own net.
Turkey, managed by Fatih Terim (currently in his third spell as national team coach), eventually managed to pulled themselves together, and actually created a couple of half chances. But the game was effectively ended as a contest just before half time, when Willian ran on to a Neymar cut back and side-footed the ball into the net. 3-0 to Brazil.
It was 4-0 after 60 minutes, when Neymar scored his second of the game, walking through the Turkish defence before sliding the ball home. The goal capped another brilliant performance from the young Brazil captain, who is increasingly living up to his superstar billing.
This was Brazil’s 32nd UFWC title match win, and the third of this reign, which began with a victory over Argentina last month. Meanwhile, Turkey’s poor UFWC record continues. They have only ever won one UFWC title match, in 2007, when they beat Hungary 3-0.
Brazil’s next UFWC defence is in just six days’ time, on Tuesday 18 November, when the unofficial champions take on challengers Austria in Vienna. Austria are ranked 12th in the all-time UFWC rankings, having won 15 title matches.
With Christmas approaching, why not treat someone you know – or yourself – to the official UFWC book, Unofficial Football World Champions, which contains a complete history of the unofficial competition from the first ever international match in 1872 right up to 2014. It’s available in paperback and as an eBook, and is out now.