Football: Neymar bullet gives Brazil ideal start

A scorching third-minute strike by Brazil poster boy Neymar set the hosts on their way to a 3-0 win over Japan in the opening game of the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brasilia on Saturday.

Neymar, 21, broke the deadlock at Estadio Nacional with a 20-yard half-volley, with Paulinho doubling Brazil's lead three minutes into the second half before substitute Jo added a third in injury time.

Victory gives the five-time world champions the early momentum in Group A, ahead of Sunday's fixture between Italy and Mexico at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana.

Spain, Uruguay, Nigeria and Tahiti complete the line-up in the quadrennial contest of continental champions, which is a key staging post in Brazil's preparations to host next year's World Cup.