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3 vs 0
Played
June 15, 2013 8:00 PM BST
Estádio Nacional de Brasília — Brasília, Distrito Federal
Referee:‬ Pedro Proença‎
Attendance:‬ 67423‎
 
3′ Neymar
 
48′ Paulinho
 
90+3′
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Brazil 3-0 Japan

Goal separates the stars from the passengers in the Selecao's convincing victory to open the Confederations Cup

By Kris Voakes at the Estadio Nacional, Brasilia

  • Julio César
    203
    34
    3.00

    Julio César

    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.

  • Daniel Alves
    187
    105
    3.00

    Daniel Alves

    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.

  • Thiago Silva
    264
    21
    3.00

    Thiago Silva

    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.

  • David Luiz
    215
    48
    3.00

    David Luiz

    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.

  • Marcelo
    251
    61
    3.00

    Marcelo

    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.

  • Oscar
    422
    62
    3.50

    Oscar

    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..

  • Luiz Gustavo
    219
    53
    3.50

    Luiz Gustavo

    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.

  • Paulinho
    244
    24
    3.50

    Paulinho

    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.

  • Fred
    107
    118
    3.00

    Fred

    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.

  • Neymar
    511
    113
    4.00

    Neymar Top 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.

  • Hulk
    159
    106
    2.50

    Hulk

    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.

Substitutions

  • Lucas
    178
    28
    3.00

    Lucas

    Brought the crowd to its feet when replacing Neymar for the final 18 minutes.

  • Hernanes
    151
    26
    3.00

    Hernanes

    Brought on for Hulk with 15 minutes left.

  • Jô
    214
    24
    3.00

    A late replacement for Fred, he finished with aplomb after Oscar's superb throughball.

  • Eiji Kawashima
    34
    66
    2.00

    Eiji Kawashima

    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.

  • Yuto Nagatomo
    49
    49
    2.50

    Yuto Nagatomo

    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.

  • Atsuto Uchida
    85
    35
    2.50

    Atsuto Uchida

    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.

  • Yasuyuki Konno
    16
    45
    2.50

    Yasuyuki Konno

    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.

  • Maya Yoshida
    21
    58
    2.50

    Maya Yoshida

    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.

  • Yasuhito Endō
    21
    72
    2.00

    Yasuhito Endō

    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.

  • Hiroshi Kiyotake
    21
    60
    2.00

    Hiroshi Kiyotake

    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.

  • Shinji Okazaki
    24
    56
    2.00

    Shinji Okazaki

    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.

  • Makoto Hasebe
    31
    46
    2.50

    Makoto Hasebe

    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.

  • Keisuke Honda
    148
    42
    2.50

    Keisuke Honda

    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.

  • Shinji Kagawa
    112
    132
    2.00

    Shinji Kagawa Flop of the Match

    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.

Substitutions

  • Hajime Hosogai
    24
    22

    Hajime Hosogai

    Came on for Endo late on in proceedings.

  • Takashi Inui
    28
    19

    Takashi Inui

    Late substitute for Honda.

  • Ryoichi Maeda
    39
    23
    2.00

    Ryoichi Maeda

    Replaced Kiyotake soon after Brazil had gone 2-0 up, providing a more obvious focal point than Okazaki had been able to offer without changing the course of the game to any huge extent.

Results
Group A Matchday 1
Times In BST
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Fernando Torres Fernando Torres
Striker
Chelsea
5 0
Fred Fred
Striker
Fluminense
5 0
Abel Hernández Abel Hernández
Striker
Palermo
4 1
Neymar Neymar
Striker
Barcelona
4 0
Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez
Striker
Man Utd.
3 1