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Neymar nets penalty as Brazil beats Japan 1-0 in friendly

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As expected Brazil used the match as an exhibition for fitness and to experiment with some lessor players. Had they gone full out, it could have been 5-0.

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With the handicap of Nagatomo, Japan fought well. It was like Japan was playing with 10 men against Brazil. The coach is Japan's biggest obstacle.

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Quality performance against one of the top teams from Samurai-Blue as gaffer Moriyasu eyes combinations for Qatar.

I was really pleased to see Celtics Japanese Bhoys in action - Kyogo starting and leading the line well against Marquinhos and Eder Militao - as well as the non-stop Daizen looking busy and hungry when he came on.

Promising signs for the Samurai Blue and their gaffer!

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Promising signs for the Samurai Blue and their gaffer!

Wow.

No way. Japan were so so so second best. It was like a training match for Brazil

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No way. Japan were so so so second best. It was like a training match for Brazil

It was a friendly, not a World Cup qualifier or World Cup match. So essentially this was a training match for both teams.

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There is nothing to be read into an exhibition game like this. Some people saw Neymar in the flesh. Pure marketing exercise.

Compare this game to Sweden v Norway in the UEFA Nations League.

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Quality performance against one of the top teams from Samurai-Blue as gaffer Moriyasu eyes combinations for Qatar

I wouldn’t read too much into a friendly.

The big one is tonight with your Aussie boys taking on the UAE in a WC qualifier.

Best of luck, sport. Honestly hope you make it.

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The big one is tonight with your Aussie boys taking on the UAE in a WC qualifier.

It's a tough ask and a perilous road to Qatar for gaffer Graham Arnold's lads. The Socceroos, should they get past UAE, have Peru waiting for them next week in a do-or-die match to get to Qatar. Without talisman Rogic who declined to play, the task is even harder.

I fancy the Socceroos' fellow Asians Samurai-Blue and the Taegeuk Warriors much more in hopefully dazzling the stadia of Qatar. The more AFC teams, the better though, that's for sure.

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The more AFC teams, the better though

Not sure if that’s justified. The teams from the Asian federation have performed badly overall in the last few World Cups.

I hope that changes this time around but I’d be surprised if it did.

A fully fit Son on the kind of form we saw last season with Spurs may give South Korea some hope.

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So Neymar is just three goals short of Pele’s goalscoring record for Brazil? Just goes to show, statistics don’t tell you everything. Neymar will never bridge the massive gap in class between himself and one of the football world’s greatest-ever players.

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