Corinthians midfielder Paulinho beat Japan’s keeper Eiji Kawashima 12 minutes into the game with a low shot from 20 metres.

Brazil’s Paulinho (centre) celebrates his goal against Japan. PIC/AFP

Santos striker Neymar then put Brazil two goals ahead in the 26th minute, blasting home a penalty awarded after Yasuyuki Konno took down Real Madrid star Kaka.

He added another just after the break with a weak shot deflected into the net by the Japanese defence.

Kaka made it 4-0 in the 76th minute, unleashing a left-foot shot.