Brazil continued their Global Tour with a 1-0 victory over the Blue Samurai of Japan on Monday.
PSG star Neymar Jr’s second half penalty was all it took for the Samba Boys to pip their hosts, who had kept them at bay from scoring.
The opening half saw the visitors dominate possession but little results in terms of goals until the second half came along. Ko Itakura was penalised for knocking an opponent down and Neymar converted the resulting spot-kick to give the Selecao the win.
FULL-TIME: Japan 0-1 Brazil
77′ MIN: Neymar runs up to the ball, stops and waits for Shuichi Gonda to commit before slotting the penalty into the left of the goal.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Japan 0-1 Brazil (Neymar Jr.)
76′ MIN: Ko Itakura is penalised after knocking an opponent down. The referee gives a penalty to Brazil after a quick talk with the linesman, who had apparently seen the situation from a better perspective.
PENALTY!!! To Brazil
SECOND HALF UNDERWAY: Japan 0-0 Brazil
HALF-TIME: Japan 0-0 Brazil
KICK-OFF: Japan 0-0 Brazil
For Brazil, coach Tite has fielded a strong line-up that includes stellar names such as Vinicius Jr, Neymar Jr, Allison Becker, Casemiro and Dani Alves.
Liverpool forward Takumi Minamino and Celtic star Furuhashi Kyogo are both in the Starting XI set to face Brazil.