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Brazil Smash Three Past Japan

Brazil produced a confident start to their 2013 Confederations Cup campaign after strolling to a 3-0 win over Japan on Saturday night.

Barcelona new boy Neymar showed just why he attracted so much attention from Europe's top clubs by thundering a sublime volley into the top corner just three minutes in.

Paulinho then added a second for the tournament hosts three minutes after the interval with a powerful shot from just inside the area and Jo completed the win late on.

The game got off to a perfect start for the Brazilians when Fred chested the ball into the path of Neymar at the edge of the area and the forward lashed a curling strike into the top corner - giving the goalkeeper no chance.

Julio Cesar was not looking as solid as usual between the sticks for Brazil and beat a 35-yard drive from Honda to safety before gathering another shot from the forward on the second attempt in the 20th minute.

Hulk almost forced a Japanese own goal with a dangerous low cross in the 23rd minute while he went on to see two shots fail to hit the back of the net late in the half.

Fred was played in brilliantly by Neymar with a lofted pass but the striker's low drive was well-saved by the goalkeeper as Brazil held a 1-0 lead at the break.

The second-half started with a bang just like the first as Paulinho hammered a shot in off the goalkeeper after Dani Alves had played a ball into the area.

Japan tried to find a way back into the game and although Cesar was tested on a couple of occasions, the Samurai Blue never really looked like getting the better of the Brazilians.

The hosts continued to look dangerous though and in the dying minutes Oscar slipped a perfect pass through to substitute Jo who lashed a low finish past the goalkeeper to seal the win.

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