• Italy 2-4 Brazil, Confederations Cup

Neymar stars as Brazil put four past Italy

ESPN staff
June 22, 2013
Neymar was too hot for Italy to handle © PA Photos

Neymar was once again the star of the show for Brazil as the Confederations Cup host nation put four past Italy.

The 21-year-old, who last month signed for Barcelona, slammed home a stunning free-kick on 55 minutes for his third goal of the tournament as Brazil finished top of Group A on maximum points.

Luiz Felipe Scolari's men had taken the lead in first half injury time when defender Dante, on for David Luiz who picked up a dead leg, pounced after the normally reliable Italian defence failed to clear from an in-swinging Neymar cross.

Emanuele Giaccherini scorched an equaliser past Julio Cesar after a sublime touch from Mario Balotelli before Neymar raised the roof with his dead-ball.

The game looked over when Fred out-muscled Giorgio Chiellini to make it 3-1, but the Italian defender made amends moments after when he pulled one back.

Fred made the points safe late on with a tap-in after Gianluigi Buffon failed to hold on to a Neymar strike.

In the other Group A game between the teams already eliminated, Mexico beat Japan 2-1 thanks to a double from Javier Hernandez.

The Manchester United striker could have completed a hat-trick late on, but having missed a penalty, he slammed the rebound against the bar.

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