Brazil v Japan, 15 June 2013

Score3-0 to Brazil
RefereePedro Proenca
CompetitionFIFA Confederations Cup Group A
VenueEstádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasilia
Attendance67,423
Match Report Three minutes in and Neymar had silenced his critics. He ended a barren 9 game run with a volley into the top corner from outside the box following a Fred knock-down. Neymar continued to excite the crowd with his trickery. As the half progressed Japan were able to get more of a foothold in the game. Honda squandered a chance at the back post after Kagawa broke. Brazilian fans thought they had increased their lead when Hulk smashed into the side letting. Fred forced a good save from Kawashima. As in the first half Brazil scored within three minutes of kick-off. Dani Alves crossed and Paulinho controlled and finished. With a two goal cushion, Brazil started to look comfortable and controlled possession. Japan were finally able to test Cesar with a low shot after a blocked Honda free-kick was smuggled into the box. The Brazilian keeper got down well to save. Brazil rounded off the victory in injury time. Oscar broke and slide Jo in who finished calmly. This was comfortable opening victory and encouraging start for the hosts. Preview Kick-off: 4.00pm local (8.00pm BST) This opening fixture will mark Brazil's first competitive match for two years. Having been recently appointed Luis Filipe Scolari will be keen to seek a winning formula for next year's World Cup finals. It is clear that his side will be built around 21-year-old Neymar. Thiago Silva the captain is also assured of his place at centre back. The rest of the Brazil squad are likely to all be vying to secure a starting spot. Fred is likely to be give a chance to shine as the main striker in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Japan will go into this one as outsiders. Zaccaroni's men will look for inspiration from Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa. At centre back probable pairing Yoshida and Konno will have a tough job on their hands to keep out Brazilian attackers.

3  Brazil

Manager: Luiz Felipe Scolari

0  Japan

Manager: Alberto Zaccheroni

Goals:

Neymar 3 G
Paulinho 48 G
Jo 90 G

Goals:

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Júlio César
Defender Dani Alves
Defender Luiz Gustavo
Defender Thiago Silva (captain)
Defender/Midfielder David Luiz
Defender/Midfielder Marcelo
Midfielder Oscar
Midfielder Paulinho
Forward Fred
Forward Hulk
Forward Neymar

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima
Defender Yuto Nagatomo
Defender Atsuto Uchida
Defender Maya Yoshida
Midfielder Yasuhito Endo
Midfielder Makoto Hasebe
Midfielder Keisuke Honda
Midfielder Shinji Kagawa
Midfielder Yasuyuki Konno
Forward Shinji Okazaki

Substitutions:

Lucas Moura for Neymar 74
Hernanes for Hulk 75
Jo for Fred 81

Substitutions:

Ryoichi Maeda for Hiroshi Kiyotake 51
Hajime Hosogai for Yasuhito Endo 77
Takashi Inui for Keisuke Honda 88

Cards:

Cards:

Makoto Hasebe 45 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri
Goalkeeper Jefferson
Defender Dante
Defender Filipe Luís
Defender Rever
Midfielder Bernard
Midfielder Fernando
Midfielder Hernanes
Midfielder Jadson
Midfielder Jean
Midfielder/Forward Lucas Moura
Forward Jo

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda
Goalkeeper Shusaku Nishikawa
Defender Yuzo Kurihara
Defender Hiroki Sakai
Defender/Midfielder Gotoku Sakai
Midfielder Hajime Hosogai
Midfielder Masahiko Inoha
Midfielder Takashi Inui
Midfielder Kengo Nakamura
Midfielder Hideto Takahashi
Forward Mike Havenaar
Forward Ryoichi Maeda