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Brazil makes easy work of Japan
by Paul Kennedy, June 15th, 2013 5:22PM
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[CONFEDERATIONS CUP]Brazil made easy work of a surprisingly weak Japan team, opening the Confederations Cup with a 3-0 win. The goals came from three difference players Neymar, Paulinho and substitute Jo in the third minute of each half and second-half stoppage time.

FIFA President Sepp Blattertweeted that Brasilia's Mane Garrincha National Stadium was a "jewel." But it is an expensive jewel, and activists protesting against the excessive use of public funds on stadium projects were hit with tear gas and rubber bullets fired by police outside the stadium.

Thirty people injured outside the stadium, and an undetermined number of fans inside had to be treated for the affects of tear gas.

Neymar's opening goal on a volley off a cross from Marcelo chested down by Fred snapped a personal nine-game scoreless streak for Brazil and was the prefect start Brazil needed to settle its nerves as it begins the quest for a Confederations Cup three-peat on home soil.

Paulinho made it to 2-0 with a shot through the arms of Japanese keeper Eiji Kawashima, and Jo punctuated Brazil's dominance with a third goal in stoppage time off a counterattack.

Japan looked like a shadow of the team that won the 2011 Asian Cup and has already qualified for the 2014 World Cup. Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa was largely invisible.

"We weren't able to demonstrate our abilities," said Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni. "We've only shown about 50 percent of what we can do."

The only thing more disappointing that the Japanese was the state of the field.



GROUP A:
June 15
Brazil 3 Japan 0.
Goals: Neymar 3, Paulinho 48, Jo 90+3.
June 16
Mexico vs. Italy 2:30 p.m. ESPN/WatchESPN
June 19
Brazil vs. Mexico 2:30 p.m. ESPN/WatchESPN
Italy vs. Japan 5:45 p.m. ESPN/WatchESPN
June 22
Japan vs. Mexico 2:30 p.m. ESPN/WatchESPN
Italy vs. Brazil 2:30 p.m. ESPNEWS/WatchESPN
Standings: Brazil 3 points; Italy, Mexico, Japan 0.

GROUP B:
June 16
Spain vs. Uruguay 5:45 p.m. ESPN/WatchESPN
June 17
Tahiti vs. Nigeria 2:45 p.m. ESPN/WatchESPN
June 20
Spain vs. Tahiti 2:45 p.m. ESPN/WatchESPN
Nigeria vs. Uruguay 5:45 p.m. ESPN/WatchESPN
June 23
Nigeria vs. Spain 2:30 p.m. ESPN/WatchESPN
Uruguay vs. Tahiti 2:30 p.m. ESPN2/WatchESPN
Standings: Spain, Uruguay, Tahiti, Nigeria 0.


8 comments
  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: June 16, 2013 at 9:55 a.m.
    Anybody still think Brasil isnt a serious candidate to win it all next year.
  1. Stephen Constantine
    commented on: June 16, 2013 at 10:57 a.m.
    I don't think they are no , the played against a poor Japanese side who on occasion caused Brasil some problems in the back and Neymar aside who do they have up front ??
  1. R2 Dad
    commented on: June 16, 2013 at 11:30 a.m.
    I think the jury is still out. Yes there were moments of brilliance but sandwiched between long stretches of *yawn*. Looks like Big Phil has instructed the team to avoid going forward through Luiz, to keep him at home. I was surprised to see lots of really bad bounces coming from that new pitch--did they lay the sod last week? I also spotted plenty of Brazil bullying on the pitch that went unpunished, though I suppose that is to be expected. That might be normal in the Confed Cup but not acceptable for the WC.
  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: June 16, 2013 at 12:10 p.m.
    Stephen, who else? Really? I grant the argument they have yet to gel as a team but individualky few are better. Ih and they have Hulk who played out of position and was still the games best player.
  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: June 16, 2013 at 12:14 p.m.
    R2. I agree. Very harsh yellow cards for Japan. Ni way consistent with Brazil in fouls. A lot of potential break away fouls.
  1. Alberto Mora
    commented on: June 17, 2013 at 12:16 a.m.
    Brasil is Brasil any questions? Did you guys watch the Coaches bench? Parreira and Felipao (Scolari) both World Champions!!!!
  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: June 17, 2013 at 9:36 a.m.
    I agree with RC's assessment...not impressed by Brazil based on its historic standards while Japan showed up as a minnow
  1. Aresenal Fan
    commented on: June 18, 2013 at 12:08 p.m.
    I'm hoping they can regain some of the swagger they used to have, I miss it, soccer fans miss it. FIFA rankings are absurd, Brazil at 22nd in the world???

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