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BRASILIA, Brazil -- Only three minutes into the match, Neymar got the job done. Alex Chiasson Flames Jersey . The Brazil striker scored early to help Brazil beat Japan 3-0 in the opening match of the Confederations Cup on Saturday, knocking in a firm shot from outside the penalty area. Neymar connected with the ball after Fred controlled a long cross from Marcelo with his chest. The ball bounced only once before Neymar whacked it in. "It was a very quick moment where Fred was able to control the ball and I was very lucky to get a fantastic kick and score a goal," said Neymar, who went off in the 74th minute with what appears to be a minor injury. "Everythings OK," Neymar said. "Not to worry." For the two minutes following the goal, most of the 67,432 fans at the National Stadium chanted Neymars name, reveling in the knowledge that their poster boy is already starting to deliver for the national team with one year to go before the World Cup. Paulinho added the second goal for Brazil in the 48th, deftly controlling a cross from Dani Alves before turning inside and shooting. Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima got his hands to the ball, but it was too powerful for him to stop. Jo got the third, latching onto a through ball from Oscar and sliding it past Kawashima in injury time. The win puts Brazil at the top of Group A with three points. Italy and Mexico will play in the other group match on Sunday. "The reason we were not able to do what we normally do on the pitch is because we went one goal down in the third minute of the first half," Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni said. "This probably shocked us." Neymar entered Saturdays match facing a minor wave of criticism. He has become something of an idol in Brazil, but a nine-match scoreless streak had heaped pressure on the 21-year-old striker heading into the Confederations Cup. The fickle Brazilian fans, who had taken to booing their team in recent weeks, were firmly behind the "Selecao" and its star this time, however. "We are building an environment that is even better than then one we had 15 days ago," said Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, who led his national team to the 2002 World Cup title. "I believe this is something everybody wants for us to reach the final, and win it." With his hair long on top and short on the sides, Neymar has already started to transcend the game in Brazil, like David Beckham nearly everywhere else. His picture is plastered around the country in underwear and phone ads, to name a few. He has also appeared on Brazilian TV, appearing as himself in one of the countrys biggest soap operas. Thats just off the field. On it, Neymar has earned himself a massive transfer from local club Santos to Barcelona, where he will be teammates with Lionel Messi next season. The match against Japan was likely something Neymar was looking forward to. The Japanese have never beaten Brazil in 10 games, earning only two draws -- both at the Confederations Cup, first in 2001 and then again in 2005. The last time they played, in a friendly in Poland in October, Neymar scored two goals. This time, he was named "Man of the Match." Japan had its chances in the match, with Keisuke Honda getting some in the first half and Ryoichi Maeda had a couple in the second. But Zaccheroni again said Brazil was a superior team to his, and wondered if it was the long flight to Brazil or Neymars quick strike that beat his team. "Either the early goal we conceded made the team too worried or maybe the physical fitness was not enough," the Italian said. Not everything was perfect for Neymar on Saturday, however. In the 15th minute, Neymar was stuck on the sidelines fiddling with the socks on his right foot. He came back on the field about two minutes later -- after the fans took a moment to boo referee Pedro Proenca for not letting their star back on more quickly. Midway through the second half, he was briefly knocked down. When he got back up, the fans started chanting his name once again. And then, about six minutes later, Neymar was taken off and replaced by Lucas. The decision halted the Neymar chants, but not the cheers for Brazil from the yellow-clad faithful. "He had a good game," Scolari said, "and he only left because he had an injury." Dennis Wideman Flames Jersey Authentic . Jay Feely kicked a 41-yard field goal in overtime, and the Cardinals edged the Tennessee Titans 37-34 in overtime after blowing a 17-point lead late in the fourth quarter. Deryk Engelland Flames Jersey . Laudrup revealed Thursday he was notified of his dismissal in "the briefest of letters which gave no reasons why such hasty and final action was deemed necessary. http:///...o-flames-jersey-c-8/ . Tests earlier this week revealed a Grade 2 left hamstring strain for Sabathia, who was hurt in last Fridays start against San Francisco. Its an injury that will require about eight weeks to heal. He finished a disappointing campaign just 14-13 with a career-worst 4. There may have been only one person who was not panicking when Zimbabwe were shot out for 164 in the first innings of the first Test against New Zealand. The same person knew they would do better as the series wore on. That person was their captain Graeme Cremer.When you dont play enough cricket you can come into a Test match and be shell-shocked and thats what happened, he said. I knew guys were going to fight back.Even in that first innings, Zimbabwe rallied hard with Prince Masvaure and Donald Tiripano posting 85 for the ninth-wicket. They sunk again, to 17 for 4 in the second innings, but found their first hero. Craig Ervine scored the first fifty for a Zimbabwean batsman in the series and Sean Williams scored the first hundred.Zimbabwe did not get to a second new ball in either innings of the first Test but kept New Zealand in the field for 143.4 overs the next time they batted. Ervine picked up where he left off and scored a career-best 146, Chamu Chibhabha showed his potential as opener with 60 and Peter Moor delivered with 71 on debut. Although their final effort was a flop - bowled out for 132 after being 97 for 3 - Cremer was pleased with the progression.It was good to see the guys learn and willing to get stuck in. For two of the guys to get hundreds was excellent, he said. And then Donald, with bat and ball looked like he had been playing for a couple of years now. He is one of the guys that really put up his hand. Prince also showed he can play. Our younger guys just need that little bit of confidence.Zimbabwes biggest problem has been their bowling, which lacked variation. The seamers did not make New Zealands batsmen play enough and although Cremer was the pick of the spinners on either side, he needed too much from his part-time options, which took pressure off. Zimbabwe had to settle for a mere six New Zealand wickets in the second Test.Despite that, Cremer defended his atttack for bending their backs on a surface so helpless even New Zealand were wondering how to bowl the opposition out twice. Troy Brouwer Flames Jersey. The bowlers worked hard. When we prepared a wicket like that, we knew it was going to be tough to take 20 wickets and theyve got a good batting line-up that a lot of teams would struggle to get wickets against so credit to our guys for working hard.Despite losing 0-2, that Zimbabwe showed improvement from one Test to the next, which spoke to their ability and desire to keep playing at the highest level, even as world cricket regularly ignores them. New Zealand, though, seem interested and impressed. Their polite press-conference chatter about how hard Zimbabwe made it for their bowlers was backed up by genuine observations of the improvements Zimbabwe made between matches. Kane Williamson even predicted that with more game time, Zimbabwe will get better quickly.Cremer felt the same way. There are a lot of people in the system now who have realised that we need to play more cricket, he said. We are heading in the right direction, if we can keep getting a lot more cricket. We are getting some A team tours and our first-class structure is going to be a lot longer.As things stand, there has been no announcement about the format of the new domestic system except that Zimbabwe are moving away from a franchise competition to a provincial one. There is also no clarity about upcoming international fixtures. Zimbabwe are not due to tour anywhere in the next year and the Sri Lanka series scheduled in the country for later this year may not include Tests. 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