Japan started strongly against Brazil, but when the favorites scored the opening goal 12 minutes in, the floodgates opened up. Coming off a 1-0 win over France, Japan will have expected to provide Brazil with some decent opposition, but they were absolutely no match for A Seleção, who ran out comfortable 4-0 winners.
Paulinho scored the opener 12 minutes into the match with a fantastic long-range effort. Up until that point, the match had been very even, with Japan perhaps looking like the slightly better side. Brazil were having a bit of trouble dealing with Shinji Kagawa and Keisuke Honda going forward, but the pressure on their defense was relieved with Paulinho's strike.
Japan failed to close down Paulinho as he received a pass from 25 yards out, and the Corinthians midfielder struck a perfect shot past Eiji Kawashima with the outside of his right foot.In the 25th minute, Japan was called for a handball inside the penalty area and Neymar stepped up and converted for Brazil's second.
Neymar would put the game away and add a brace just after halftime, poking in a corner kick from close range in the 47th minute. Kaka, who returned to Brazil during this international break for the first time in two years, capped off the scoring in the 75th minute.