[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 Blatter tweeted 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.
3 Japan 0.
Goals: Neymar 3, Paulinho 48, Jo 90+3.
Mexico vs. Italy 2:30 p.m. ESPN/WatchESPN
Brazil vs. Mexico 2:30 p.m. ESPN/WatchESPN
Italy vs. Japan 5:45 p.m. ESPN/WatchESPN
Japan vs. Mexico 2:30
Italy vs. Brazil 2:30 p.m. ESPNEWS/WatchESPN
Standings: Brazil 3 points; Italy, Mexico, Japan 0.
Spain vs. Uruguay 5:45 p.m. ESPN/WatchESPN
Tahiti vs. Nigeria 2:45 p.m. ESPN/WatchESPN
Spain vs. Tahiti 2:45 p.m. ESPN/WatchESPN
Nigeria vs. Uruguay 5:45 p.m. ESPN/WatchESPN
Nigeria vs. Spain 2:30 p.m. ESPN/WatchESPN
Uruguay vs. Tahiti 2:30 p.m. ESPN2/WatchESPN
Standings: Spain, Uruguay, Tahiti, Nigeria 0.