Neymar gives Brazil the victory against Japan in a friendly

Brazil defeated Japan 1-0 in a friendly Monday thanks to a penalty by Neymar in the 77th minute after he was tripped in the box on a rainy night at Tokyo’s new National Stadium.

It was Neymar’s 74th goal for the national team, leaving him three short of matching the record held by Pele. He also scored two penalties last week in a 5-1 victory over South Korea as Brazil tested itself on an Asian tour against two teams who qualified for the World Cup.

Japan hasn’t won a game against Brazil in the last 13 tries (11 losses and 2 draws). Brazil has also won its last 13 games in a row. Its last loss was in the final of the Copa America, which was just under a year ago.

Marquinhos, one of Brazil’s defenders, knows that his team was lucky to win by only a few points.

Marquinhos said, “We thought this game would be harder, but we also played better against South Korea.” “We did some things wrong, which made them feel good about us. This is a good way to see how ready you are for the World Cup.”

Brazil vs Japan

Japan hasn’t won a game against Brazil in the last 13 tries (11 losses and 2 draws). Brazil has also won its last 13 games in a row. Its last loss was in the final of the Copa America, which was just under a year ago.

Marquinhos, one of Brazil’s defenders, knows that his team was lucky to win by only a few points.

Marquinhos said, “We thought this game would be harder, but we also played better against South Korea.” “We did some things wrong, which made them feel good about us. This is a good way to see how ready you are for the World Cup.”

“Sometimes, all you need to win the World Cup is 1-0, and that’s what we did today,” said the Brazilian defender.

Brazil’s coach, Tite, said that his team is “much better prepared” for the World Cup in Russia than it was four years ago. After Dunga was fired in 2016, two years before the World Cup, Tite took over.

“The last cycle, from 2016 to 2018, gave me experience,” he said. “I don’t think that’s a small deal. I didn’t think I’d be with the national team for this long.”

Tite said that he had hoped to play either England or France before the World Cup, but that didn’t happen. He said that he is now looking for a top-30 team to play against, maybe in September.

Brazil controlled the ball most of the time and had several chances to score more goals. Neymar missed a couple of open-play chances to score for Brazil.

From the team that beat South Korea, Brazil made four changes. Weverton, Thiago Silva, Alex Sandro, and Richarlison were all taken off the field and put on the bench. Alisson played goal, Eder Militao and Guilherme played defense, and Vinicius Junior played up front.

Lucas Paqueta hit the post in the first minute of the game. Ten minutes later, Fred hit the crossbar, and about 20 minutes into the game, Raphinha’s close-range shot forced Japanese goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda to make the first save of the game.

Midway through the first half, Neymar had his best chance, but Gonda dove to his left to block the shot. Just before halftime, Gonda stopped him again, and Raphinha also missed a free kick near the end of the half.

Early on, Junya Ito tried to cross balls in from the right-wing, which led to several corners. Japan also put pressure on early in the second half but didn’t get a shot on Alisson, who had a quiet night in goal.

South Korea beat Chile 2-0 in an exhibition game between Asian and South American teams. At home in Daejeon, both Hwang Hee-chan and Son Heung-min scored a goal.

Last week, Brazil beat South Korea 5-1.

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