Brazil, Morocco warm up with victories

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Richarlison scored twice as World Cup contenders Brazil breezed past Ghana with a comfortable 3-0 victory in a friendly in Le Havre.

Brazil's first-half performance gave fans plenty of reason to be excited by a young team heading to Qatar where they will bid for a record-extending sixth title.

They dominated Ghana from the start with an aggressive pressing game featuring attacking players Vinicius Jr., Raphinha, Richarlison and Neymar, who delivered two assists.

Marquinhos opened the scoring after nine minutes with a bullet header from a corner by Raphinha.

Richarlison extended the lead 19 minutes later with a pin-point first-time strike from the edge of the area into the bottom left corner.

The Tottenham Hotspur forward added the third five minutes before half-time with a clever header from a free kick by Neymar.

"I hope that Brazilian fans believe in me more because here in the national team I score a lot," Richarlison said. "I'm wearing jersey number nine and every time I wear it I'm scoring a goal. I come here, and I do my work quietly."

Brazil play Tunisia in Paris on Tuesday, their last game before their World Cup Group G opener against Serbia on November 24.

In Spain, Hakim Ziyech returned for Morocco after more than a year's absence to help them to a 2-0 win over Chile in their World Cup warm-up at Espanyol's Cornella-El Prat Stadium.

Sofiane Boufal netted a 66th-minute penalty after defender Paulo Diaz handled to open the scoring and debutant Abdelhamid Sabiri added a second 12 minutes later in a winning start for coach Walid Regragui weeks after he was named Morocco coach.

It was the first of two warm-up games in Spain for World Cup-bound Morocco, who next meet Paraguay in Seville on Tuesday.

Ziyech had been left out of Morocco's team after a dispute with previous coach Vahid Halilhodzic and the impasse between the Chelsea forward and his national team coach saw him miss the World Cup qualifying campaign and the Africa Cup of Nations finalsr.

But pressure on Halilhodzic to restore Ziyech to the team, and no reconciliation between the pair, led to the coach being fired last month.

Morocco play at the World Cup in Qatar in Group F against Belgium, Canada and Croatia.

In Miami, Lionel Messi scored twice as Argentina dominated Honduras 3-0.

Messi was at the centre of the action from the opening whistle, lobbing a pass to the charging Papu Gomez who found Lautaro Martinez for an early 1-0 lead.

Near the end of the half Marcelo Santos fouled Argentina's Giovani Lo Celso and Messi coolly slotted home the penalty for a 2-0 advantage.

Argentina kept their foot on the gas in the second half, extending their unbeaten streak to 34 matches.

Enzo Fernandez stole the ball in the 69th minute and it fell perfectly to Messi, who chipped it over the goalkeeper's head to the delight of the partisan crowd at Hard Rock Stadium.

In other matches, the United States lost 2-0 to Japan in Dusseldorf, Germany, with Daichi Kamada and Kaoru Mitoma scoring.

The Americans failed to put a single shot on goal in their next-to-last World Cup warmup.

Qatar-bound Cameroon lost 2-0 to Uzbekistan while South Korea drew 2-2 with Costa Rica.

Iran, in a World Cup group with England, the US and Wales, beat Uruguay 1-0.

World Cup hosts Qatar lost to Canada 2-0 in Vienna.