Japan suffered the worst loss under coach Alberto Zaccheroni’s mandate, in a friendly match against Brazil on Tuesday, 0-4.
Five-time World Cup winners Brazil had an easy game against the Asian side, with Neymar (photo) scoring twice, while Paulinho and Kaka secured a goal each.
Japan has never won against Brazil and it had to admit that their row of eight consecutive games without defeat has come to a fair end on Tuesday night. The speed and variety of Brazil’s attacks overwhelmed Japan, the international press commented.
Brazil has hit the woodwork twice and had other chances of scoring, as they secured their sixth consecutive win. On Thursday, Brazil won 6-0 against Iraq in another friendly game.
In their qualifying group for the 2014 World Cup, Japan is currently leading with six points ahead of second-placed Jordan.