Neymar stars for Brazil in thumping 3-1 win vs Japan
Neymar (in pic) starred as Brazil ramped up their World Cup preparations with a 3-1 win over Japan on Friday, while France saw off Wales 2-0 in Paris and a new-look England held Germany 0-0 at Wembley. Elsewhere, Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku became his country's equal all-time record goalscorer as Belgium played out a thrilling 3-3 draw against Mexico in Brussels. In Lille, Neymar rolled in a 10th-minute spot-kick following consultation with the video assistant referee, although Neymar saw a second penalty saved shortly after by Eiji Kawashima.
Marcelo rifled in a magnificent second as Brazil doubled their lead on 17 minutes, with Gabriel made it 3-0 before half-time. Tomoaki Makino scored for Japan in 62nd minute. "I'm really happy with what's happening with the national team and (coach) Tite, we feel confident with him and believe in him," said Neymar. Meanwhile, in Moscow, a late goal from Sergio Aguero unlocked a stubborn Russian defence on Saturday as Argentina won 1-0 in the ground that will stage the World Cup final next year. The goal by the Man City forward gave the South Americans a deserved win at Moscow's renovated 81,000-capacity Luzhniki stadium.