BRASILIA, Brazil - Neymar scored an early goal Saturday in the opening match of the Confederations Cup to give Brazil 1-0 lead over Japan at halftime.
The Brazil striker scored from outside the penalty area in the third minute, connecting with the ball after Fred controlled a long cross from Marcelo with his chest. The ball bounced once just before Neymar whacked it in.
For the next two minutes, the fans at the National Stadium chanted Neymar's name, relishing the knowledge that their poster boy is already living up to expectations at the World Cup warm-up tournament.
Japan, which has never beaten Brazil in nine previous matches, had a few chances but couldn't get past goalkeeper Julio Cesar.
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