Neymar, Jesus Fire Brazil To Victory Over Japan
Neymar, Marcelo and Gabriel Jesus were all on target as Brazil inflicted a 3-1 friendly defeat on Japan at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on Friday.
Neymar got the curtain raiser for Brazil as early as the eighth minute as he calmly slotted in the penalty kick awarded after Japan’s Maya Yoshida was adjudged to have hauled down Fernandinho.
However, the PSG star could not replicate the same goal-scoring feat in the 16th minute when he was brought down in box under a Hotaru Yamaguchi challenge.
Japan goalkeeper, Kawashima was equal to the task this time as he produced a fine save to thwart the Paris St-Germain star.
Nonetheless, from the resultant corner, it was 2-0 as the Samurai Blue could only clear the ball to the edge of the box, paving the way for Marcelo to send a stunning first-time effort on his weaker right foot into the top corner.
Six minutes after the half-hour mark, the contest was effectively over and it was Manchester City man Gabriel Jesus’ who sealed the win for Brazil.
Though Japan pulled one back, they could not avoid the defeat.
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