There is a certain flair with which Brazil play football, and it is due to such skills that they have been one of the giants of world football. They have a habit of dominating teams with their offensive play, and when they come up against weak opponents, they are even more dominant, scoring goals with ease.
Hence Panama, who are set to face Brazil at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Denver in the U.S. for an international friendly, will try their best to contain Philippe Coutinho and Co on Sunday.
Both teams will use this international fixture as build-up for Copa America Centenario, which starts in a few days' time. Brazil are going to miss the services of Neymar in Copa America, and Lucas Lima, who will feature in the mega event, will look to score goals against Panama.
Lima is keen to show his skills and shine in the Brazilian colours, like he has been doing for Santos, his domestic club. His performances for Brazil could help him land mega deals in Europe, as he has been eyed by some top clubs.
"I am very happy. It is a great honour for me. Everyone dreams of playing in the number 10 [jersey]. It is a great privilege. I hope to live up to it, as has everyone else who has worn it, and make a real difference to the team," Soccerway quoted Lima as saying.
Panama may not possess stars like Brazil, but they will be eager to impress and play some decent football. A good game against the Brazilians will help them go into the Copa America confident and face huge teams in the group phase â€” Argentina and Chile.
Panama last played Brazil in June 2014, and the latter looked better right from the start, hammering in three goals to emerge victorious.
Panama played against Venezuela a few days ago, but it did not go according to plan, and they were in fact lucky to have drawn 0-0 as their team were below par. Another similar performance against Brazil will make matters worse for Panama, whose coach Hernan Dario Gomez wants a better performance from his players in Denver.
"We lost a lot of balls against Venezuela," Gomez said.
"It's prohibited against Brazil to lose those kinds of balls, because a team like that will rob you and will not forgive you."
Where to watch live
Brazil vs Panama is set to begin at 8p.m. local time (4:30 a.m. IST, 12 a.m. BST, 7p.m. ET). There is no live coverage on TV or online in India and the UK.
The international friendly can be watched live by viewers in the US on BeIN Sports, with the live stream option on Bein Sports Connect.
Viewers in Brazil and Panama can catch watch their respective national teams live on SporTV and RPC Canal 4.
African viewers can watch Brazil vs Panama live on SuperSport 3 Africa.