Classy Brazil too good for Japan

BRAZIL CONFEDERATION CUP WITH JAPAN

Neymar’s spectacular third-minute goal set hosts Brazil on their way to a comfortable victory over Japan in the opening game of the Confederations Cup.

The Barcelona striker met Fred’s knockdown on the edge of the area with a blistering shot into the top corner.

Paulinho made it 2-0 from a Dani Alves cross and Oscar sent Jo running clear to add a third goal in injury time.

The game was the first international match to use goal-line technology, but it was not needed for any decisions.

With less than a year to go until Brazil hosts the World Cup finals, this is a tournament that will act as a dress rehearsal for the South Americans – on and off the pitch.

– BBC