Japan 0-4 Brazil: Neymar dazzles with four goal show in Singapore
Brazil's revival under Dunga continued as Japan failed to find an answer against a rampant Selecao in front of 51,577 spectators at the National Stadium.
The Brazilian coach made minimal changes to his starting eleven, with 10 players retained from the lineup that started the 2-0 win against Argentina.
David Luiz was the only player replaced after failing to recover from a thigh injury, with Gil stepping in alongside Miranda.
Japan had rung in the changes though, as coach Javier Aguirre relegated star names Keisuke Honda and Yuto Nagatomo to the bench.
The Selecao was dominant in the opening 20 minutes with Neymar thrilling the sell-out crowd with his trademark flicks and tricks.
The Brazilian captain was at the heart of every promising attacking move and nearly forced a penalty in the 12th minute when he went down under a shoulder charge from Japanese right-back Gotoku Sakai.
Another good run from the Barcelona forward minutes later was halted just outside the box by Gaku Shibasaki, but his resulting freekick crashed against the left-hand post.
A goal looked inevitable and it duly arrived in the 18th minute as Neymar latched onto a Diego Tardelli through ball, rounded goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima and finished high into the net.
Yu Kobayashi lashed over Japan's first chance of the night after a half-cleared Kosuke Ota cross, before Shinji Okazaki headed wide from a Sakai right-wing cross.
Centre-back Tsukasa Shiotani then screwed wide from close range after a corner was half cleared by Felipe Luis.
The score remained unchanged till half time, with both coaching opting to call up replacements from the bench.
Aguirre brought on playmaker Honda for Ryota Morioka, while Philippe Coutinho's introduction was one of three changes made by Dunga.
Coutinho’s introduction instantly reinvigorated the Selecao as the 22-year-old’s through ball pierced right through the Japanese defence for Neymar to slot past a stranded Kawashima from close range.
The Liverpool playmaker nearly added a goal himself after being released by Neymar shortly after, but sent his curling shot just past the post.
Meanwhile, Japan rallied and tried to mount some offence of their own, but Okazaki’s fierce volley from a tight angle was denied by the post.
Aguirre's charges were soon made to rue their spurned opportunities as Brazil capitalised on their tiring legs late on.
Dunga brought on veterans Robinho and Kaka to the crowd’s delight, as the duo's introduction in the last 20 minutes lead to two further goals.
Within a minute of his entry, Kaka headed onto the bar, before Coutinho’s shot was parried into the path of Neymar to tap home gleefully for his third goal of the night.
He completed his four-goal feat on 81 minutes when he rose the highest to nod home a Robinho cross.
Brazil custodian Jefferson was called on for a last significant contribution as he tipped over a fierce Yoichiro Kakitani header two minutes before the end.
That ensured the Brazilians kept up their impressive streak of results under Dunga – four wins in four matches, with no goals conceded.
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