SINGAPORE (SportingAlert.com) — Striker Neymar scored all four goals, including a second half hat-trick in Brazil’s 4-0 victory over Japan in an international football friendly game on Tuesday in Singapore.
The Barcelona forward opened the scoring in the 18th minute when he finished well after being played through on goal by strike partner Diego Tardelli.
The forward then scored three more goals in the second half as Brazil won it’s fourth straight friendly game since losing 3-0 to the Netherlands in the 3rd place playoff clash at the 2014 FIFA World Cup at home.
Neymar and Brazil’s second goal game in the 48th minute following another through ball pass this time from Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, while he completed his hat-trick with an easy tap home from close range in the 77th minute after Coutinho’s shot was pushed into his path by goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima.
The fourth goal game nine-minutes from time when substitute Kaka floated in a cross for the captain to leap high and head home past Kawashima. That goal saw him surpassing World Cup winning forward Bebeto as Brazil’s 5th all-time leading goal scorer with 40 goals from 58 caps for the senior national team.
Brazil came into the game on good form after blanking fellow South American arch rivals Argentina 2-0 in another exhibition on Saturday as Dunga makes his second spell with the national team.
Brazil: 1. Jefferson 2. Danilo 3. Miranda 14. Gil 6. Filipe Luis 17. Luiz Gustavo 22. Elias 19. Willian 11. Oscar 46’9. Martins Diego Tardelli 10. Neymar. Subs: 12. Rafael 5. Romulo 8. Josef Souza 7. Robinho 13. Juan Jesus 15. Dodo 16. Mario Fernandes 18. Augusto Everton Ribeiro 20. Kaka 21. Philippe Coutinho 23. Grohe Marcelo.
Japan: 1. Eiji Kawashima 21. Kosuke Ota 16. Tsukasa Shiotani 3. Gotoku Sakai 6. Masato Morishige 8. Junya Tanaka 22. Taishi Taguchi 17. Ryota Morioka 7. Gaku Shibasaki 9. Shinji Okazaki 19. Yu Kobayashi. Subs: 12. Shusaku Nishikawa 2. Hiroki Mizumoto 4. Keisuke Honda 5. Yuto Nagatomo 11. Yoichiro Kakitani 13. Hajime Hosogai 14. Yoshinori Muto 15. Daisuke Suzuki 18. Mike Havenaar 20. Daigo Nishi 23. Shuichi Gonda