FULL-TIME. Brazil romp to a fine opening game win over Japan.
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FULL-TIME. Brazil romp to a fine opening game win over Japan.
GOAL! 3-0 to Brazil. Jo races onto a superb pass from Oscar to net his first goal for his country.
Japan pushing but it's too little, too late.
Three minutes added.
Hernanes shoots from distance but it's well over the top.
It's been impressive from Brazil. They've gone so long without competitive action but this has been more like it.
Japan sub: Honda replaced by Takashi Inui.
Brazil playing keep ball now. The flicks and tricks are on show.
The rain is pouring down in the stadium but the home fans won't care. A victory and a stunning goal from their idol means they are minutes away from going home happy.
So it looks like Brazil are going to take maximum points from their Group A opener. Mexico and Italy will play tomorrow.
Brazil beginning to toy with Japan now. The Asian champions look tired and ready for the full-time whistle.
Japan launch another attack but again the final ball is lacking. Apart from some long distance efforts there has been very little to upset the Brazil defence.
After a thoroughly entertaining first half, the second period has been a lot more low key. Since that second Brazil goal there's been an air of inevitability about the result.
Brazil sub: Fred replaced by Jo. Fred had scored five goals in his last six appearances for Brazil prior to tonight.
It's whipped into the area and Fred guides a free header wide.
Corner to Brazil.
JAPAN sub: Yasuhito Endo replaced by Hajime Hosogai.
Honda takes a free-kick in a good position short and Japan fail to make anything of it. A poor decision not to whip one in.
Brazil sub: Hulk replaced by Hernanes.
Brazil sub: Lucas Moura replaces the star of the show, Neymar.
Honda smashes the ball into the ball but it bobbles about in the penalty area before falling for Maeda who forces a fine stop out of Cesar with a low drive.
Free-kick to Japan 30 yards from goal. Honda lining it up.
Japan still probing as Neymar returns to the field.
The Brazil No.10 is off the pitch but back on his feet as play continues with Japan on the attack.
Neymar is being loaded onto a stretcher but it doesn't look serious.
Neymar down injured. A concern for Brazil here.
Japan are still working hard and trying their best to get back into this but they have offered very little in attack.
Neymar is enjoying the occasion here. He's showcasing some lovely touches and is definitely the stand-out performer so far.
STAT ALERT: Paulinho and Neymar also found the net when the teams last met in Poland last October.
The corner is cleared but Brazil are still probing.
Neymar picks up the ball on the left and the air of expectancy in the ground rises. This time he tricks his way to the byline and wins a corner.
Elsewhere tonight, it looks like Italy are going to face Spain in the U21 European Championship final.
Neymar curls in a devilish corner that Luiz can't quite convert at the far post. The chances are all going the way of Brazil at the moment.
Japan are beginning to look a bit jaded. They are giving the ball away in midfield and allowing Brazil to break which is a recipe for disaster.
Marcelo and Neymar take it short. The ball is worked to the right and crossed in towards Paulinho who can only head high into the air and out of play.
Another free-kick to Brazil 40 yards from goal.
The game has gone a bit scrappy since that second goal. A lot of free-kicks disrupting the flow.
Maeda fires in a shot from distance that Cesar does well to gather on the bounce.
Neymar whips in a free-kick that causes some problems in the Japan rearguard. Paulinho threatens a second of the match but is halted in his pursuit of the ball by the flag.
Uchida brings down Neymar who gingerly gets to his feet. The new Barca man will no doubt be used to that sort of treatment given his threat.
Japan sub: Hiroshi Kiyotake replaced by Ryoichi Maeda.
The Blue Samurai looking to respond and earn a corner on the right that comes to nothing.
A real blow for Japan who had made a bright start to the second period.
Paulinho took one touch to steady himself before fizzing in a shot that seemed to go through the dive of Kawashima. The Japan keeper will be disappointed with that.
GOAL! 2-0 to Brazil. Paulinho sweeps home on the turn after Alves whipped a low ball into the area from the right.
No changes from either coach at the interval. Alberto Zaccheroni, aka 'Zac', will be looking for a bit more from his team in the attacking third this half.
Japan restart the match trailing to THAT Neymar goal.
HALF-TIME: Brazil 1-0 Japan. Neymar's wonderstrike separates the sides after an entertaining first period in Brasilia.
Free-kick to Brazil 30 yards out. Hulk and Luiz lining it up... Luiz shoots, it's deflected over the bar and the referee blows his whistle for the interval.
Makoto Hasebe booked for a cynical foul on Neymar.
Marcelo is back and we are into first-half injury-time.
Marcelo still off the pitch as play resumes and Neymar attempts to slalom his way beyond two defenders. He almost manages it but is thwarted by a last-ditch toe.
Play has stopped as Marcelo receives treatment.
HUGE CHANCE! Brazil should be two up. A quick break by the home team ends with Hulk getting a free sight of goal but his low shot is well kept out by the right palm of Kawashima.
Japan have grown into the half after the lightning start from Brazil. Can they find an equaliser before half time?
CLOSE! Hulk drives in from the right and crashes a powerful effort into the near post side netting.
Whistles from the crowd as Japan enjoy a spell of pressure. It comes to nothing and David Luiz thumps it a good 60 yards to safety. Very 'unbrazilian'.
It's laid off to Hulk who thumps his shot into Honda. Great defending by the Japan midfielder.
Free-kick to Brazil 35 yards out....
Atsuto Uchida just about gets a block on Neymar after a cross into the area looked all set to be smashed home by the Brazilian.
Inter Milan left-back Yuto Nagatomo has been impressive for Japan. He's tried to get forward and test Alves as much as possible.
Another robust run from Marcelo takes him towards goal where he tries to find Fred, but the frontman's touch is weak and the ball rolls through to Kawashima.
PREVIOUS tournament winners: 1992: Argentina... 1995: Denmark... 1997: Brazil... 1999: Mexico... 2001: France... 2005: Brazil... 2009: Brazil... 2013: ???
Alves launches a ball into the area towards Fred but it's far too close to Kawashima. Poor play by the Barca man there.
Half an hour played and it's been a good game so far. Brazil showing lots of attacking threat, with Japan neat and tidy on the ball without really hurting their opponents.
These two teams have met twice before in the Confederations Cup, drawing both games. It ended 0-0 in 2001 and 2-2 in 2005.
Marcelo marauds down the left and fizzes in a low cross towards Hulk that Japan just about clear at the near post. More great play by the Brazilians down that left flank.
Honda leads a Japan attack on the right, cuts inside and fires in an effort that deflects up off a defender and loops towards the far post. Brazil manage to react first and hack the ball to safety.
POSSESSION: Brazil 68 per cent- 32 per cent Japan.
Scolari has won four and drawn two of his seven matches in what is his second spell in charge of Brazil. His only defeat came in his first match at Wembley against England.
STAT ALERT: Only Cesar and Alves remain from Brazil's 2009 Confederations Cup winning squad.
CLOSE! Brazil weave their way in behind Japan in the form of Hulk, who fires in a low cross from the right that is almost turned into his own net by a desperate Japanese defender.
Neymar delivers a deep cross from the left that Eiji Kawashima fails to punch clear. Fortunately for the Japan stopper, his defence manages to mop up after him.
Neymar wins a corner for Brazil.
Honda fizzes in a low 20-yard shot that Cesar gathers at the second attempt.
Japan stroking the ball around nicely when in possession. You can't help but wonder about a cutting edge though, which has been an issue with their side down the years.
DID YOU KNOW? Scolari used Sun Tzu's Chinese military book 'The art of War' as part of his preparations for Brazil's 2002 World Cup triumph. Big Phil even went as far as to slip what he felt to be pertinent chapters under the hotel room door of some of his players.
A glimmer of light for Japan as they surge forward on the counter, but Thiago Silva reads it well and denies them a sniff of goal.
Neymar has been off the pitch receiving treatment but he's chomping at the bit to get back on. The crowd are screaming for it too.
STAT ALERT: Brazil are the most successful country in Confederations Cup history with three wins (2009, 2005 & 1997). Victory in 2013 would see them become the first nation to win three consecutive tournaments.
A breathtaking break sees Brazil cut Japan to pieces again, but Alves fails to find the telling pass and the chance goes begging.
The last time the two teams met was last October when Brazil won 4-0 in a friendly in Poland. Neymar scored twice that day with Paulinho and Kaka also on target.
Another flowing Brazil move down the left picks out Hulk at the post. The striker looks to tee up a teammate but Japan manage to clear. Alves gathers the loose ball but smashes a wild shot into the stands.
STAT ALERT: The Blue Samurai have won only one of their last four matches in all competitions, prior to this they had won six of the previous seven.
Some silky approach play by Brazil ends with Dani Alves overhitting a pass after Japan had looked to have been opened up. Neymar is revelling in the atmosphere out there. He's looking worth every penny of the huge fee Barca paid for him at the moment.
The hectic pace continues as Honda arrives late at the far post to hook a right-wing cross well over the top on the volley.
This is Brazil's first competitive match in 23 months after they suffered a quarter-final penalty shoot-out defeat to Paraguay in the 2011 Copa America. (The Olympics don't count). This has seen them slip to 22nd in the current FIFA World rankings, their lowest ever. Japan are 32nd.
GOAL-LINE Technology: This will be the second time a FIFA tournament has used goal-line technology after it was brought in at the Club World Cup in Japan last December. German-based manufacturer GoalControl will be used in Brazil and will continue at the World Cup next year if all goes well.
Japan look to respond and Honda hammers in a bouncing 35-yarder that Julio Cesar just about beats to safety.
That was Neymar's 21st goal for his country.
Anyone wondering what all the fuss is about Neymar just got the perfect example of what Brazil's idol can do.
GOAL! Sensational finish by NEYMAR! The ball is chested into the 21-year-old's path by Fred 25 yards out and the new Barca man volleys a stunning shot into the top corner. What a start! Brazil 1-0 Japan.
Brazil have suffered just one competitive defeat on home turf - back in 1975 versus Peru. That offers some perspective to the task facing Japan tonight.
Tonight's referee is Pedro Proenca from Portugal.
KICK OFF! Brazil get the contest underway to HUGE roars.
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Sepp Blatter is delivering a pre-match speech alongside the president of Brazil.
TOURNAMENT MAKE-UP: The competition takes place every four years and features the reigning champions of the six confederations that make up Fifa, with Spain travelling as representatives of European governing body Uefa. The final two places are taken by the World Cup holders, plus the next hosts, although with Spain the reigning world and European champions, Euro 2012 runners-up Italy have been invited as the eighth team.
Japan have faced Brazil nine times, losing seven and drawing two. But what better occasion to secure that inaugural win over 'A Selecao' than tonight? It would certainly add credence to the belief that this is the best ever Japan team.
Japan qualify for the competition as the 2011 Asian Cup winners. An extra-time goal by Tadanari Lee secured a 1-0 win over Australia in the final. They have appeared at four previous Confederations Cup tournaments, but have only gone beyond the group stage once, when they were finalists back in 2001.
This tournament is seen very much as a dress rehearsal for next summer's World Cup finals. Brazil and Japan are the only sides to have qualified so far, with the Samba stars assuming their place courtesy of being host nation, while Japan are currently the only team to have booked their spot via the qualifiers.
"We're aiming to win the Confederations Cup to show the world what we're capable of. As an individual, I'd like people to think of the name Nagatomo when they make a list of the best left-backs in the world." The ambitious words of Japan left-back Yuto Nagatomo coming into the tournament.
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Mexico and Italy are the other teams in Group A and play their first match on Sunday at the Maracana. Group B comprises Tahiti, Nigeria, Spain and Uruguay and also gets underway tomorrow with a mouthwatering clash between the World Champions and the Copa America winners.
Japan coach, Alberto Zaccheroni believes Brazil's woes will be incidental as they aim to secure the title for a record fourth time. He said: "They have won this tournaments the past two times and are at home so they are favourites. We are here to make the most of this chance. I hope we can play to our strengths and impose ourselves on the match by taking the initiative. We respect our opponents but no team will enter the match with an advantage over the other."
Scolari has brushed aside criticism of his side's form since he returned to the helm in November - 10 years after masterminding their World Cup success in Japan/South Korea. He told reporters: "Of course there is pressure on Brazil but that is because we are always regarded as one of the big teams and are expected to challenge for the title. Playing in our own country is no different. Yes we had some problems leading up to the tournament but in the last few weeks we have largely overcome them."
As expected, Brazil are unchanged from Sunday's 3-0 friendly win over France with Oscar, Fred, Hulk and the pin-up boy, Neymar leading the attack in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Meanwhile Japan are likely to deploy the same formation with Manchester United playmaker, Shinji Kagawa pulling the strings along with Keisuke Honda. VFB Stuttgart's Shinji Okazaki will lead the line.
TEAMS: BRAZIL: Cesar, Alves, Luiz, Thiago Silva, Marcelo, Luiz Gustavo, Oscar, Paulinho, Fred, Hulk, Neymar... Subs: Jefferson, Cavalieri, Fernando, Lucas, Hernanes, Dante, Filipe Luis, Jean, Rever, Bernard, Jo, Jadson. /// JAPAN: Kawashima, Honda, Nagatomo, Uchida, Endo, Kiyotake, Okazaki, Kagawa, Konno, Hasebe, Yoshida... Subs: Nishikawa, Gonda, Inoha, Sakai, Havenaar, Hosogai, Nakamura, Kurihara, Maeda, Inui, Takahashi, Sakai.
Ahead of the match, Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has spoken of the need for Barcelona's new 57 million euro recruit, Neymar to be more of a team player. He also revealed he would look to field the same starting XI that beat France 3-0 on Sunday.
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