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Brazil Kicks-Off A 3-0 Win Over Japan In The Confederations Cup

Brazil Kicks-Off A 3-0 Win Over Japan In The Confederations Cup


Host nation Brazil refused to lose in its own soil as it clinched a 3-0 win against the equally aggressive Japan last 16 June 2013.

 

Dubbed as the Confederations Cup’s “3rd fastest goal” football prodigy, Neymar scored the first goal of the match 3 minutes after the grand kick-off. The so-called “Messi’s heir” was eventually voted as Man of the Match.

 

Prior to the encounter, the young player has been under the scrutiny of naysayers due to his alleged lackluster performance in previous friendlies. Neymar, however, answered his critics via converting Fred’s pass with a right-footed shot.

 

Although Neymar’s goal was nothing short of being spectacular, Paulinho sealed Japan’s fate. The Selecao’s defensive midfielder secured 2 important goals. The first came in the 48th minute with Dani Alves’ help.  Japan’s Eiji Kawashima attempted a diving save, but to no avail. The ball simply passed through his hands. Paulinho’s deciding goal came after converting Oscar’s pass during injury time.

 

In 20 of Brazil’s Confederations Cup appearance, the squad has always emerged victorious whenever they scored the first goal. As a matter of fact, it has won 18 of the above-mentioned battles, whilst the 2 ended in a draw.

 

This is not the first time that Japan and Brazil met in competitive football. The two had their last encounter last 2005 where the Selecaos bagged a 4-0 win against the Samurai Blue. What transpired in Brasilia seemed like a mere repetition of their previous battle.

 

Scolari and his men are  now looking forward to continue their 9th undefeated consecutive win.  Their next match will be against Mexico on 20 June 2013.

 

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