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Neymar converts one penalty, misses another in Brazil stroll — Football

Neymar converts one penalty, misses another in Brazil stroll — Football

In qualifying, they scored 27 and did not concede a single goal in their initial eight group matches, and then beat Australia comfortably to seal qualification in August. It is anybody's guess why the five-times champions kicked off at 1pm in Lille and for long spells the atmosphere at a half-empty stadium was quiet verging on eerie.

The world's most expensive player has made a fine start to life at Paris Saint-Germain on the pitch since his record-breaking move from Barcelona during the transfer window, but he has also made headlines for negative reasons.

Tite was satisfied with his team's performance against Japan, ahead of another friendly against England at Wembley on Tuesday.

"I want to say what I think".

Cesar is sure he will never be able to live the defeat down, and believes it all came down to a crucial 15-minute period.

Japan played better in the second half and managed to pull one back from a corner when Makino rose above the defenders to head past goalkeeper Cassio in the 63rd minute.

Though the ex-QPR star, 38, admits Argentina ace Lionel Messi remains the best of the lot, he reckons Neymar is close to assuming that mantle.

Both Brazil and Japan have qualified for next year's World Cup in Russia.

The Japanese will take the opportunity to blood some youngsters in Lille, including domestic talents Kenyu Sugimoto and Kazuki Nagasawa.

Marcelo rifled in a magnificent second as Brazil doubled its lead on 17 minutes, with Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus rounding off a clinical counter-attack before half-time to make it 3-0. It was a beauty, showcasing their ability to be quick and penetrative when required. He bamboozled opponents with his dancing feet and scored the opening goal from the penalty spot. "Just play.' This is the thing".

Earlier, Fernandinho was fouled in the box and Neymar converted the penalty in the ninth minute, sending Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima the wrong way. It was a mystery how he or she had been alerted as there had not been a noticeable protest after a Brazil corner had been cleared. He then gets caught up in the emotion, overreacts and picks up cards. Indeed, accusations of diving follow him to this day.

It is Neymar who bears the greatest burden and he has been stung by claims that his relationships with the PSG manager, Unai Emery, and his club-mate Edinson Cavani have broken down. Willian was one of them and he lived the nightmare of the 7-1.