Jun 16 2013, 1:40am CDT | by Luigi Lugmayr
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.
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 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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