Ney­mar, Brazil roll aside Ja­pan with video help

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Lille: Ney­mar scored a penalty and missed another as Brazil sig­nalled their in­tent ahead of next year’s World Cup by out­class­ing Ja­pan 3-1 in Fri­day’s in­ter­na­tional friendly.

The Paris Saint-Ger­main star rolled in a 10th-minute spot-kick fol­low­ing con­sul­ta­tion with the video as­sis­tant ref­eree, al­though Ney­mar saw a se­cond penalty saved shortly af­ter by Eiji Kawashima. Marcelo ri­fled in a mag­nif­i­cent se­cond as Brazil dou­bled their lead on 17 min­utes, with Manch­ester City’s Gabriel Je­sus round­ing off a clin­i­cal counter-at­tack be­fore half-time to make it 3-0.

To­moaki Makino nod­ded in a con­so­la­tion from a cor­ner on 62 min­utes but Ja­pan re­main win­less against Brazil af­ter los­ing for the 10th time in 12 meet­ings.

Ney­mar was joined by PSG team-mate Thi­ago Silva in the Brazil line-up as coach Tite picked a strong side de­spite play­ing in front of a sparsely-filled Stade Pier­reMau­roy in north­ern France.

Ja­pan boss Vahid Halil­hodzic, who served a fouryear spell as Lille coach over a decade ago, called up 12 Europe-based play­ers for the dou­ble-header with Brazil and Bel­gium, but ex­pe­ri­enced at­tack­ing trio Shinji Ka­gawa, Shinji Okazaki and Keisuke Honda were all over­looked for se­lec­tion.

Ja­pan were thrashed 4-0 by a Ney­mar-in­spired Brazil in their last en­counter in 2014 and again quickly found them­selves un­der threat from the world’s most ex­pen­sive player.

Brazil’s Ney­mar drib­bles past Ja­pan’s Makoto Hasebe in Lille, France on Fri­day

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