Neymar hits four in friendly


Just days after overcoming South American rivals Argentina 2-0, the Selecao showed no mercy against the Japanese despite fielding a number of non-first team regulars.

However, Barcelona forward and skipper Neymar began form the start, and it soon became the ‘Neymar show’ as he rounded Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima to give Dunga’s men the lead on 18 minutes.

Despite heading into the break just a goal down, the Blue Samurai had no answer to the 22-year-old’s tricks and pace in the second period as the youngster tore through the Asian defence.

A brilliant Coutinho pass set up Neymar for his second early in the second half, before slotting home the rebound from the Liverpool midfielder’s strike on 77 minutes to register his hat-trick.

And nine minutes from time Neymar had his fourth, rising highest at the back post to head home his 40th international goal in just 58 matches.

The friendly victory means new coach Dunga has won all four matches in his second tenure in charge of the Brazilian national team following their disappointing finish at this year’s Fifa World Cup.