It’s fair to say the Confederations Cup takes a bit of stick as international tournaments go, but nobody was complaining in the opening game when Neymar scored the first goal for hosts Brazil in the 2013 edition.
Poor form over the past year has got many Brazilian fans worried about their prospects for next year when the World Cup begins, but this 3-0 win over Japan would have settled many nerves.
Luis Felipe Scolari’s team followed on an impressive 3-0 dismantling of France a week ago with another classy performance and none more so impressive than the new £50million Barcelona signing.
Neymar has to carry the weight of expectation from world football’s most successful nation and he seems to be dealing with it quite well.
It took the 21-year-old just three minutes to show what he can do when Fred knocked down a Marcelo cross to him just outside the area.
Neymar leant back and took on the bouncing ball first time, sending it whistling into the top corner of Eiji Kawashima’s goal.
The ‘keeper had no chance to stop it and the Brazil fans in Brasilia went wild as Neymar was mobbed by his teammates before doing a little dance.
Brazil cruised to victory with a Paulinho goal just after half time and an injury time strike from Manchester City reject Jo.
Watch Neymar’s incredible strike to open the scoring at the 2013 Confederations Cup for Brazil below...
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