Brazil thump Japan 4-0

Published: Oct 17, 2012, 10:41 IST | AFP |

Next World Cup hosts Brazil breezed past reigning Asian champions Japan 4-0 in a friendly here on yesterday with two goals from Neymar and one each from Paulinho and Kaka

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.

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