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
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
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
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.