Confederations Cup: Brazil gets perfect start with Japan victory

Brazil played their first competitive game in about 700 days.

Hosts, Brazil got their campaign at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup on the right path as the Samba Boys cruised to a 3-0 victory over Japan in the opening match of the tournament.

A goal in the first half and two more in the second half saw the Asian champions, Japan, crumble before the host team who gave a good display on the night.

New Barcelona signing, Neymar, set the ball rolling with just three minutes on the clock as he rifled home to the top hand corner to secure Brazil’s and the first goal of the tournament.

The host had couple of other chances and Japan also had their bit but no more goals was scored in the first half.

However on the resumption of the second half, Brazil just like they did in the first 45 minutes netted another early goal, this time off the boots of Paulinho who latched on to a through ball in box to double Brazil’s lead.

Japan tried to at least get a consolatory goal but it was late substitute for Brazil, Joe, that put the icing on the cake to seal an opening day 3-0 win.

Saturday’s game is the first competitive game for Brazil after 700 days, The last time was against Paraguay in the qualifiers of the Copa America, July 2011


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