Brazil vs. Japan: Live Score, Highlights, Recap
Confederations Cup: Brazil 3-0 Japan
15 June 2013
Estadio Nacional, Brasilia
Referee: Petro Proenca (Portugal)
3' Neymar; 48' Paulinho; 90+3' Jo
Brazil XI: J.Cesar; D.Alves, T.Silva, D.Luiz, Marcelo; Paulinho, L.Gustavo; Oscar, Neymar, Hulk; Fred
Japan XI: Kawashima; Uchida, Konno, Yoshida, Nagatomo; Hasebe, Endo; Honda, Kiyotake, Kagawa; Okazaki
Brazil kicked off the 2013 Confederations Cup in style, Saturday, dispatching Asian champions Japan 3-0 at Brasilia’s Estadio Nacional.
It took only three minutes for Neymar to open the scoring—his emphatic finish from just outside the 18-yard box leaving Japan goalkeeper Kawashima no chance after Fred had chested the ball to ground following Marcelo’s cross.
Japan managed to settle quickly after the goal, but despite opportunities a handful of opportunities—many involving Honda—could not restore level terms before the interval.
They’d pay for it just after the restart when Paulinho doubled Brazil’s advantage.
Once again only three minutes had elapsed since kickoff when the Corinthians man smashed the ball into the back of the net after controlling Dani Alves’ well-placed cross. And Neymar, who had cut inside and laid off the ball for his future Barcelona teammate was involved again as well.
Japan were never going to recover after going 2-0 down, and despite some good pressure on the Brazilian ball-carriers lacked the sort of cutting edge that might have made the match more competitive.
In the third minute of added time substitute striker Jo rounded out the scoring when, having been played into excellent space by Oscar’s exquisite pass, he slipped the ball under Kawashima in the final act of the game.
That's all for me, folks. Thanks for following along. I'll leave you with a GIF of Jo's goal in the third minute of additional time.
FT: Brazil 3-0 Japan.
Maeda attempted one last shot for Japan, but Brazil broke downfield following his attempt, Oscar delivered an exquisitely-placed pass and Jo, after running onto it, slipped it into the back of the net past Kawashima.
90+3' GOAL BRAZIL!!! Jo makes it 3-0 to the hosts.
There will be three additional minutes.
90' Oscar takes the ball downfield all by himself before dropping it off for Hernanes, who hammers it well over the bar.
Quite rare situation in June: it´s raining in Brasilia, a dry mother of a city— Fernando Duarte (@Fernando_Duarte) June 15, 2013
88' Final Japanese substitution: Inui replaces Honda, who had three decent chances but could not open Japan's account.
Generally disappointed with Kagawa tonight. I thought Marcelo was excellent, and Paulinho may have cemented his place in the first XI as well. Neymar had a lot of fun and opened the scoring; Hulk played as well as I've seen him internationally for quite some time.
Brazil gradually finding form. Remember it's all about peaking in June and July 2014. Still reasonable to make Brazil favourites to win WC.— Derek Rae (@RaeComm) June 15, 2013
83' Intensity is draining from this match now, which will suit Brazil just fine. They're on course for an important three points ahead of their next match against Mexico in Fortalenza. Japan will look for their first win in Recife against Italy.
80' Fred's header from a corner kick goes just wide, and Fred will now make way for Atletico Mineiro striker Jo, formerly of Manchester City.
79' Brazil passing the ball around nicely and Hernanes nearly finds Fred in dangerous space, only for Konno to dig out the pass.
78' Japan substitution: Endo replaced by Hosogai, who plays his club football for Hertha Berlin.
75' Good defending on Honda by Marcelo. Meanwhile, Brazil with a second substitution: Hernanes comes on to replace Hulk.
74' Whoah. And it's Neymar withdrawn in favour of Lucas Moura. Perhaps Hulk will switch over to the left.
Good save from César! More cheers from the crowd as Lucas Moura gets ready to come on.— Tom Webber (@thwebber) June 15, 2013
71' Honda's free-kick goes right into the wall, but the ball eventually falls to Maeda in excellent position, and Julio Cesar is forced into a good stop. Looked much more comfortable there, the Brazil goalkeeper.
70' Uchida has done a decent job on Neymar, but the Brazilian number-10 looks to be enjoying his football today, which can only be a good thing for his team and its fans.
68' Neymar dancing, although his most recent moves seem to have earned him a shot in the back from one of the Japanese defenders.
66' A neat exchange between Neymar and Oscar after the former sprinted past Uchida. But Oscar's cross was just too high for Fred.
64' Paulinho dispossesses Honda, springs Neymar and Brazil have a corner. Paulinho doing his first-team position no harm today.
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