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Brazil thrashed Japan with a margin of two goals in the International Friendly Match

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Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and a Marcelo wondergoal saw Brazil cruise to a 3-1 win against Japan.

The Manchester City striker continued his red-hot form with a simple side-foot finish in the 36th minute.

That put the game to bed following Neymar’s tenth-minute penalty and Marcelo’s thunderbolt in the 17th minute.

But it wasn’t all good news for the world’s most expensive player.

He missed a spot kick seven minutes after he netted the first with a Simone Zaza-style run-up.

Tomoaki Makino got a 63rd-minute consolation for Vahid Halilhodzic.

This was the perfect warm-up for Tite’s side ahead of their trip to Wembley on Tuesday to face England.

And with Jack Butland out for up to six weeks with a broken finger, Joe Hart, who is expected to start against the Samba Boys, looks like he will be in store for a busy night.

But he may feel more comfortable about going up against Neymar after his embarrassing miss from six yards out.

Neymar stuttered his run-up and fired away a weak shot the left which was saved comfortably by 34-year-old goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima.

Shinji Kagawa and Shinji Okazaki were both overlooked for selection.

And how Japan could have done with some of that attacking instinct against a Brazil side that clicked nicely.

Of Neymar’s 53 international goals, eight have come against Japan.It should have been 54.

But even if it were, it is unlikely another could have stole the limelight from Marcelo for his rocket.

Yosuke Ideguchi’s poor clearance trickled invitingly into the path of the Real Madrid left-back who hammered a right-footed strike into the top corner from 20 yards.