Brazil polish off Japan 4-0 in a Polish friendly

Brazil gave one of their more impressive performances under coach Mano Menezes,sweeping aside Japan 4-0 in a friendly,with Neymar scoring twice on Tuesday. Also,Kaka was on target for the second game in a row

Written by Reuters | Wroclaw,poland | Published: October 17, 2012 1:57 am

Brazil gave one of their more impressive performances under coach Mano Menezes,sweeping aside Japan 4-0 in a friendly,with Neymar scoring twice on Tuesday. Also,Kaka was on target for the second game in a row.

Japan,unbeaten in their previous eight games,began confidently after beating France 1-0 in Paris on Friday but were ultimately outclassed on a cold,wet day.

Midfielder Paulinho opened the scoring and Neymar converted a penalty to put Brazil 2-0 ahead in less than half an hour. Neymar struck again at the start of the second half and Kaka,on target on his international return after a two-year absence against Iraq last week,completed the scoring.

Brazil,6-0 winners over Iraq on Thursday,clocked up their sixth win in a row. Menezes,who replaced Dunga after the 2010 World Cup,has won most games for Brazil under his leadership,but his experimental teams have often been unconvincing and there has been speculation as to whether he will keep the job until the home World Cup.

There were no questions about Tuesday’s performance,however,the combination of Oscar and Kaka in midfield and Neymar and Hulk in attack allowing Brazil to create chances seemingly at will.

Japan produced the first chance when Keisuke Honda’s low drive was saved by Diego Alves’ legs and briefly appeared to have Brazil on the back foot. But the complexion of the game changed in the 11th minute when Kaka laid the ball off to Paulinho and the Corinthians midfielder found the net with a low shot from 25 metres,his second goal in six internationals.

Kaka also hit the foot of the post before Yasuyuki Konno was judged to have handled in the area,even though it appeared accidental,and Neymar fired home the penalty.

Neymar struck again only three minutes into the second half,collecting a corner at the far post and scoring with a mis-hit shot which went in off Makoto Hasebe,his 16th goal in 25 internationals.

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