Japan is now winless against Brazil in 13 matches (11 losses and 2 draws). Brazil also stretched its unbeaten run to 13 games. Its last loss came just under a year ago to Argentina in the Copa America final. Brazil had most of the possession and had several chances to score more goals, with Neymar missing a couple of opportunities from open play.
Brazil made four changes from the team that defeated South Korea. Dropped to the bench were goalkeeper Weverton, defender Thiago Silva, left-back Alex Sandro, and striker Richarlison. In their places, Alisson started in goal, Eder Militao and Guilherme in defense, and Vinicius Junior at striker.
Lucas Paqueta hit the post just a minute into the match, Fred hit the crossbar 10 minutes later, and Raphinha forced Japanese goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda to make the first save of the match from a close-range shot about 20 minutes into the game.
Neymar had his best chance midway through the first half but Gonda dived to his left to stop the effort. Gonda denied him again just before halftime, while Raphinha also missed a free kick late in the half.
Japan posed some threats early with Junya Ito trying to cross balls in from the right-wing, forcing several corners, and also pressed early in the second half without managing to test goalkeeper Alisson, who had a quiet night.
Video goals highlight Japan 0-1 Brazil 6 June 2022.