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Neymar ends drought as Brazil beats Japan

Jun 16 2013, 1:40am CDT | by

Brasilia, June 16 (IANS) Neymar ended a nine-game goalless run with a stunning first-half strike as Brazil defeated Japan 3-0 in the first match of the FIFA Confederations Cup here.

Brasilia, June 16 — Neymar ended a nine-game goalless run with a stunning first-half strike as Brazil defeated Japan 3-0 in the first match of the FIFA Confederations Cup here. The newly signed...

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Neymar ends drought as Brazil beats Japan

Jun 16 2013, 1:40am CDT | by

Brasilia, June 16 (IANS) Neymar ended a nine-game goalless run with a stunning first-half strike as Brazil defeated Japan 3-0 in the first match of the FIFA Confederations Cup here.

Brasilia, June 16 — Neymar ended a nine-game goalless run with a stunning first-half strike as Brazil defeated Japan 3-0 in the first match of the FIFA Confederations Cup here.

The newly signed Barcelona striker opened the scoring at Mane Garrincha Stadium Saturday by thumping a swerving first-time shot from outside the area into the top corner after Fred chested down a long Marcelo pass, reports Xinhua.

Tottenham Hotspur and Roma target Paulinho doubled the lead just after halftime when he deftly trapped a Daniel Alves cross before swivelling and firing into the bottom corner.

Former Manchester City striker Jo made it 3-0 in the final minute of the match, running onto Oscar's perfectly weighted pass and then slotting a left-footed shot between the legs of goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima.

"We are getting better with every match and will make the adjustments. We need to improve even more," a delighted Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said.

Neymar had gone 845 minutes without scoring for club or country, the second longest goal drought of his career. Scolari said he had never lost faith in the 21-year-old's ability to find the net.

"Neymar is a great player. He might not be at his best every game but we knew that sooner or later he would find his form. You can't ever write Neymar off. His importance to us is unquestionable and he is the sort of player who makes a difference."

Brazil dominated possession throughout the match as Japan looked content to sit back and surprise the hosts on the counter-attack. But Alberto Zaccheroni's team barely bothered Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar.

CSKA Moscow striker Keisuke Honda wasted Japan's best move of the first half by blasting his left-footed shot over the crossbar after Shinji Kagawa's clever cross.

Striker Shinji Okazaki nearly silenced the home fans just after the interval but was also off target after a Hiroshi Kiyotake counter-attack.

Brazil's next match is against Mexico at Fortaleza's Castelao Stadium Wednesday while Japan will face Italy the same day at Recife's Arena Pernambuco.

The top two teams from Group A and B will play off for a place in the final at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium June 30.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Dares to Go to Brazil, Lands at the World Cup Finally

Jun 18 2014 9:27pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

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Well done, #VEMIBRA. Who knew a hashtag could be so successful?  When Sweden failed to qualify for the World Cup, while it meant the World Cup would be graced by Cristiano Ronaldo's presence, it also meant that it would be without one of the world's best and most entertaining players, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.  At the urging of players like Brazilian Ronaldo and Dani Alves, a campaign was launched to persuade the enigmatic Swede to attend the world's biggest ...
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Daniel Alves shocked Xavi set to leave Barcelona

Jun 18 2014 8:37pm CDT | Source: Tribalfootball.com

Brazil Training Session and Press Conference - 2014 FIFA World Cup
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Zlatan is in Brazil: Ibrahimovic arrives at Rio Airport for World Cup [Picture]

Jun 18 2014 11:49am CDT | Source: 101 great goals

Brazilian former footballers Bebeto (R)
With Sweden failing to make the World Cup, a (probably Nike sponsored) campaign was started earlier this year to get the one and only Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Brazil. Even if he couldn’t play, the footballing world wanted one of the world’s greatest footballers to be in Brazil for the greatest show in earth, and several videos were released, featuring the likes of Daniel Alves, Ronaldo, Bebeto, and even Anderson Silva pleading with Ibra to make the trip. Zlatan ...
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