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  • October 16, 2012
  • • 8:10 AM
  • • Stadion Miejski, Wrocław
  • Referee: M. Borski
  • • Attendance: 36000

Japan 0-4 Brazil: Neymar and Kaka among scorers in stroll for Selecao

Japan 0-4 Brazil: Neymar and Kaka among scorers in stroll for Selecao

Odd Andersen

The 2014 World Cup hosts never needed to get out of second gear in Poland, as they picked up another convincing friendly win against the Samurai Blue.

Brazil was in complete control against Japan, picking up a 4-0 win on the strength of two Neymar goals in their international friendly in Poznan, Poland, on Tuesday.

Paulinho opened the scoring in the 12th minute with a 20-yard drive, before a Neymar penalty doubled the Selecao's advantage just before half an hour. The Santos forward made it 3-0 minutes into the second half, before a late Kaka goal put the icing on the cake of a match where Brazil never looked like losing its nerve.

Kaka started again in what was a virtually unchanged lineup for Mano Menezes, who made only one change from the 6-0 win over Iraq, with Leandro Castan replacing the injured Marcelo. Alberto Zaccheroni followed suit, swapping a single player from his side’s 1-0 triumph against France, as Keisuke Homda was restored to the starting XI in place of Mike Havenaar.

It was the Asian side who threatened first, as a one-two between Shinji Kagawa and Kengo Nakamura saw the latter test Diego Alves with a drive from the edge of the area.

Brazil though quickly got into their stride, and found its in front soon after. Oscar advanced deep into the opposition half and layed off to Paulinho, who arrowed a low shot into the bottom corner from 20 yards out. The Corinthians midfielder could have had another minutes later when he latched onto Neymar’s glorious feed, but after rounding Eiji Kawashima, could only steer his finish wide of the far post.

Brazil would get their second though, after a dubious penalty was awarded for a challenge by Yasuyuki Konno on Kaka. Neymar stepped up to bury with confidence from 12 yards out.

The Selecao continued to flow on the counterattack, and a threaded pass from Kaka released Neymar on the run, but the Santos prodigy could only lash over the bar from close range just past the half hour mark. Makoto Hasebe nearly responded in kind for the Samurai Blue, as he forced a good save out of Alves with a well-struck effort from just outside the area.

Brazil was soon back down the other end of the pitch, with Hulk brilliantly freeing Neymar, who then teed up Kaka on the edge of the box for a shot that ricocheted off the woodwork. The match was ended as a contest three minutes into the second half,  though, as Neymar was able to beat Yuto Nagatomo to the ball on a corner and drive in his second goal via a huge deflection off a Japanese leg.

Brazil came close to another through Hulk, who blasted in a 20-yard free kick that took a deflection off a defender before cannoning back off the base of the post. The South Americans then put the ball into the back of the net for a fourth time as Ramires turned home Neymar’s cross, but the goal was incorrectly chalked off after the officials had mistakenly adjudged the ball to have crossed the byline before Neymar’s delivery.

There was no such doubts about Kaka in the 76th minute though, as the Real Madrid midfielder turned his marker on the run and slotted a confident finish past Kawashima after being set in motion by Hulk’s pass.