FIFA Friendlies Roundup: Neymar leads Brazil to 3-1 win over Japan

Brazil's Neymar, left, runs after scoring his side opening goal during their international friendly soccer match Brazil against Japan at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Lille, northern France, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. (Michel Spingler/AP)

LILLE, France — Neymar scored one from the spot and missed another Friday in Brazil’s 3-1 win over Japan in a friendly.

The Paris Saint-Germain striker converted his penalty in the ninth minute, sending Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima the wrong way, after Fernandinho was fouled in the box. The referee at Pierre Mauroy Stadium in Lille used video assistance to award the penalty.

Neymar’s second penalty attempt didn’t go so smoothly. Hotaru Yamagushi was sanctioned for a clumsy challenge on Gabriel Jesus in the 17th, but Kawashima palmed away Neymar’s shot.

Marcelo and Gabriel Jesus also scored for the five-time champions, who got all three goals in the first half. Tomoaki Makino scored for Japan in the second half.

Brazil has embarked on a mini-tour of Europe and will next play England at Wembley Stadium next week.

Both Brazil and Japan have qualified for next year’s World Cup in Russia.

Despite the missed penalty, Marcelo doubled Brazil’s lead in the next minute with a superb strike into the top left corner following a corner that was poorly cleared.

Brazil made it 3-0 after Japan gave the ball away close to the box. Willian found Danilo on the right flank with the outside of his boot and the Manchester City defender set up Gabriel Jesus at the far post with a precise cross.

Japan played better in the second half and managed to pull one back from a corner when Makino rose above the defenders to head past goalkeeper Cassio in the 63rd minute.

South Korea 2 def. Colombia 1.

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — Son Heung-min scored two goals Friday to lead South Korea over Colombia 2-1 in a friendly.

Son, who scored the only goal of the game last weekend in Tottenham’s win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League, scored in each half to give South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong his first victory since being appointed in July.

Cristian Zapata pulled a late goal back for Colombia with a header from a free kick by James Rodriguez.

Both teams have qualified for next year’s World Cup in Russia, but both have been struggling lately. South Korea had previously won only one of eight matches in 2017, while Colombia hasn’t won in five straight.


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