INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY: Brazilian superstar Neymar . Photo: GEOFF BURKE/ USA TODAY

Brazilian superstar Neymar showed the best and worst of his game as he inspired a 5-0 thrashing of El Salvador in a friendly international held in Landover, Maryland, late Tuesday.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward opened the scoring from the spot in the fourth minute and contributed another three assists but was also given a yellow card diving.

It was Brazil's second match following their quarter-final exit from the World Cup in summer having beaten the United States 2-0 on Friday.

Neymar's goal was his 59th for his country in 92 games and brings him within three of Ronaldo in second-place on the all-time scoring list for the Selecao.

The great Pele remains atop that prestigious chart with 77 but at 26-years-old, Neymar has time on his side to chase even that mark.

"We suffered at the World Cup, me especially, so it's a great honour to be back in the team," said Neymar. "Coming back with victories, scoring goals and helping my team-mates is the best possible way, of course."

After netting from the spot, Neymar's passes set up goals for Richarlison and Philippe Coutinho before the break and his corner was converted by Marquinhos late on after Richarlison had grabbed his second.

Neymar was criticized for his frequent dives at the World Cup in Russia and was booked before half-time for falling after the lightest of touches from defender El Salvador's Bryan Tamacas.

Brazil are scheduled to play friendlies against Argentina and Saudi Arabia in October as they continue preparations for the home Copa America in 2019.

Elsewhere in the region, Argentina and Colombia drew 0-0 in New Jersey, with Lionel Messi not part of the Argentina squad as he is yet to say whether he will continue in the national team in the wake of a last-16 exit at the World Cup

Ecuador beat Guatemala 2-0 and Panama lost 2-0 to Venezuela.

And there was a 1-0 victory for the United States over arch-rivals Mexico with Tyler Adams hitting a 72nd minute winner shortly after Angel Zaldivar was sent off.