- The new Barca player inspired hosts to a 3-0 win over Japan: Neymar's day for Brazil10:08 | 16/06/2013
Hosts Brazil opened the Confederations Cup with a comfortable 3-0 win over Japan. A stunning third minute goal from Neymar set Brazil on their way before Paulinho added a second three minutes into the second half. Substitute Jo completed the scoring in stoppage time.
Some fans in the 67,000 crowd had to be treated for the affects of tear gas fired by riot police at the protester who are angry at the cost of building stadiums for the tournament and next year’s World Cup.
Luiz Felipe Scolari’s men are looking for a third successive Confederations Cup success after winning the tournament in 2005 and 2009.
The game came alive after three minutes when Neymar scored a stunning goal, smashing home a right foot shot from the edge of the box after a long cross from Marcelo was chested down by Fred.
Three minutes after the break, Brazil did find the net again when Paulinho met Dani Alves’s cross and blasted home.
In a largely uneventful second half, Brazil coped easily with what limited danger Japan put in their path before Jo finished off a counter-attack to give them a convincing win.
3 – Brazil: Julio César; Daniel Alves, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Marcelo; Luiz Gustavo, Paulinho, Oscar; Hulk (m.74, Hernanes), Neymar (m.73, Lucas Moura) and Fred (m.80, Jô).
Coach: Luiz Felipe Scolari (BRA).
0 – Japan: Kawashima; Uchida, Yoshida, Konno, Nagamoto; Endo (m.77, Hosogai), Hasebe, Honda (m.87, Inui), Kiyotake (m.50, Maeda); Kagawa and Okazaki.
Coach: Alberto Zaccheroni (ITA).
Goals: 1-0. Min.3: Neymar; 2-0. Min.47: Paulinho. 3-0. Min.92: Jô.
Referee: Pedro Proença (POR).
According to Marca
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