Confederations Cup – Group A Focus: Brazil and Italy victorious in opening fixtures

The 2013 Confederations Cup started with a bang as Brazil and Italy recorded victories in their opening Group A fixtures. Should both sides prevail in their second games, they would secure qualification to the knockout rounds at the expense of Japan and Mexico.

All eyes were on Neymar following his blockbuster move to Barcelona, and it took Brazil’s latest poster boy less than three minutes to ignite the tournament. With just his second touch of the game, Neymar hammered Fred’s chest-down into the top corner from 25 yards to send the home support into raptures. It was never going to be an easy ride against a tough Japanese side, however, and there were murmurs of discontent from the stands as the Sele

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