Brazil defeated Japan 1-0 in a pleasant Monday due to a penalty by Neymar within the 77th minute after he was tripped within the field on a wet evening at Tokyo’s new Nationwide Stadium.
It was Neymar’s 74th aim for the nationwide crew, leaving him three in need of matching the report held by Pele. He additionally scored two penalties final week in a 5-1 victory over South Korea as Brazil examined itself on an Asian tour towards two groups who certified for the World Cup.
Japan is now winless towards Brazil in 13 matches (11 losses and a couple of attracts). Brazil additionally stretched its unbeaten run to 13 video games. Its final loss got here slightly below a 12 months in the past to Argentina within the Copa America closing.
Brazil coach Tite was glad to get away with the slim victory.
“We anticipated this to be a harder match, however we additionally performed higher towards South Korea,” Tite mentioned. We made some errors that gave them confidence. It is a good check towards a crew that’s prepared for the World Cup.”
Brazil, an early favorite together with defending champion France, is grouped with Cameroon, Switzerland and Serbia on the World Cup. Japan was drawn within the hardest group and should face Germany and Spain in Qatar. Costa Rica or New Zealand will fill the opposite place.
“Someday within the World Cup all you want is to win 1-0, and that’s what we did right this moment,” Tite mentioned.
Brazil had many of the possession and had a number of probabilities to attain extra targets, with Neymar lacking a few alternatives from open play.
Brazil made 4 adjustments from the crew that defeated South Korea. Dropped to the bench have been goalkeeper Weverton, defender Thiago Silva, left-back Alex Sandro and striker Richarlison. Of their locations, Alisson began in aim, Eder Militao and Guilherme in defence, and Vinicius Junior at striker.
Lucas Paqueta hit the put up only a minute into the match, Fred hit the crossbar 10 minutes later, and Raphinha pressured Japanese goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda to make the primary save of the match from a close-range shot about 20 minutes into the sport.
Neymar had his greatest likelihood halfway by way of the primary half however Gonda dived to his left to cease the hassle. Gonda denied him once more simply earlier than halftime, whereas Raphinha additionally missed a free kick late within the half.
Japan posed some threats early with Junya Ito making an attempt to cross balls in from the right-wing, forcing a number of corners, and in addition pressed early within the second half with out managing to check goalkeeper Alisson, who had a quiet evening.