Palmed away a swerving effort from Honda soon after Brazil had taken the lead, then held on tight to a couple of other shots despite being largely unworked for the most part.
Twice attempted to beat Kawashima with a cross-shot when he had other potential options open to him, but his delivery remained a threat and he crossed for Paulinho’s killer second goal.
Created a presence in attack as well as defence, with free-kicks being guaranteed to involve the big Chelsea stopper. Hit the top of the wall with one set piece which looked set to test the keeper.
Marshaled the back-line well to ensure Japan got little success in the final third by fazing first Okazaki and then Maeda out of the contest.
Attacked well down the left and was given few problems off the ball, seeing off the threat of Kiyotake with something to spare and also reaching the byline on numerous occasions.
Worked his heart out as the axis in midfield, allowing Brazil the confidence to express themselves with width on both flanks safe in the knowledge the Bayern Munich man had their backs.
Doubled Brazil’s lead with a low shot which escaped the dive of Kawashima to put the game beyond doubt, rounding off a dominant performance in midfield.
Worked in tandem with Neymar to provide the glamour of Brazilian football in a nutshell. His great technique and superb understanding with the Barcelona star gave Japan constant headaches throughout, and he finished with an assist for Jo's late goal..
Chested down superbly for Neymar to fire home in the third minute, he could have doubled the lead but saw Kawashima get down well to a low right-footed drive. Withdrawn 10 minutes from time for Jo.
TECATE Real Homebre of the Match: Brought the crowd to their feet with a superb strike in only the third minute and continued to dazzle with great footwork thereafter. His pinpoint pass could have been finished by Fred, and his excellent skills became the focal point of Brazil’s second-half display.
Looked occasionally laboured, and his over-eagerness to use his left foot made life a little easier for Nagatomo. Looked to link with Dani Alves on the flank, but his finally delivery was sometimes left wanting. Subbed for Hernanes with 15 minutes remaining.
Made a great low reflex save to deny Hulk from making it 2-0 and was on hand to beat Neymar to the loose ball, but then undid all his work with a poor attempt to keep out Paulinho effort which doubled Brazil’s lead.
Had the unenviable job of quelling the threat of Neymar, but coped well at times and refused to be foxed by the dazzling skills of the No.10.
Made one or two vital interceptions by being in the right place at the right time as Brazil looked to thread the ball around their opponents.
At his most dangerous when cutting in onto his favoured right foot, but Hulk’s tendency to favour his left also helped the Inter man out defensively. Got to the byline well at the start of the second half, but his left-foot delivery was poor.
Provided a strong enough presence in the air when necessary but couldn’t get close to Fred as the striker controlled the ball for Neymar to strike early on.
Screened the back four well and did a lot to regenerate good ball retention, but was then cautioned for bringing down Neymar on the break. Couldn’t really pull his team back into the game in the second half when they needed a strong leader.
Had nowhere near enough impact to rein in Brazil’s dominant midfield, though he did show some neat touches as Japan looked to impress themselves on the game midway through the first half. Replaced late on by Hosogai.
Spent long periods forlornly attempting to get involved in the game as Japan struggled for any real ascendancy. Regularly found himself wandering into spaces in which he wasn’t going to have a hope of receiving the ball.
Despite Japan having decent spells of possession he was never able to influence the game as he would have liked. Got taken off just after half-time for Maeda, who was far more effective.
Stung the palms of Julio Cesar with a free-kick from range as Japan looked for a quick response to Neymar’s early goal, then had the keeper scrambling after beating David Luiz and firing a right-footed effort towards goal.
Too often left with no real support, and despite periods of decent pressure for Japan, the presence of Thiago Silva and David Luiz regularly left him out-manned. The entrance of Maeda saw him moved to the left side, but he had little more impact there.