Japan were despondent after losing the Confederations Cup opener 3-0 to Brazil, the result barely an improvement on a 4-0 friendly thumping last October.
Japan's Shinji Kagawa (L) is denied by Brazil defender Thiago Silva on June 15, 2013. Japan were despondent after losing the Confederations Cup opener 3-0 to the hosts.
Brazil reacted to that win by firing Mano Menezes from the coaching hotseat, a case of dumping the devil you know for the one they used to know -- although in Luiz Felipe Scolari they reinstated a man who delivered them the 2002 World Cup, and in Japan at that.
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