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Matchday one of the Confeds was an absolute cracker, with hosts Brazil seeing off Japan 3-0. Tomorrow, we have uninterrupted build-up from 9.30 local time (14.30 CET) to the competitive return of the Maracana as Mexico take on Italy (KO 16.00 local, 21.00 CET). Also, the FIFA World Cup holders Spain open their Confeds campaign against Uruguay (KO 19.00 local, 00.00 CET).

We hope you can join us for another day of the Confederations Cup LIVE blog.

 A general overview during the International Friendly match between Brazil and England at Maracana

As we come to the end of the first matchday at the Confeds, we take a look back over today's events in the daily round-up.

Also, take a look at the brand new FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 Facebook page, which was launched today.

Take a look at our video highlights from today's game.

Brazil 3:0 Japan

Match 1, Group A

BRASILIA, Estadio Nacional
Brazil 3:0 Japan


"It’s difficult to stand back and make an analysis right now, but I don’t think the team showed everything we’d been working on in the build-up. The excitement of the opening game against such a strong side and with such a big reputation as Brazil got to us. They made the most of being at home. We didn’t perform as well as we needed to."

Alberto Zaccheroni the  Head Coach of Japan reacts



"I never stopped saying that Neymar is an amazing player. He may have moments when he's not at his best - which happens to everyone, but I never doubted that he's someone who can make a difference, like he did today."

Luiz Felipe Scolari the Head Coach of Brazil reacts


"Before playing any game, Spain and Uruguay are the two favorites to advance, so I believe it will be a very good match. We played a couple of months ago in Qatar, but this will be a different game, but one fun to watch because of the quality of the players on both teams."

Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas listens during a press conference


"To play in Brazil is very significant for us, and for the football lovers. This is a country you always want to come to, to be in a competition you always want to play. We are well prepared to compete."

Spanish midfielder Xavi Hernandez smiles during a press conference

We've got some words from La Furia Roja on their game against Uruguay tomorrow.

In A Seleção's 3-0 win, Neymar scored in the third minute, Paulinho scored in the third minute of the second half and Jo scored in the third minute of added time.

Substitute Jo got in on the act in the third minute of added time at the end of the game.

 Jo of Brazil celebrates scoring

 - This was the fourth match in a row that Japan have failed to beat a Latin American team
 - Brazil's unbeaten run against teams from Asia now stands at 30 games
 - The host's last defeat on Brazilian soil came over a decade ago, 0-1 against Paraguay in 2002
 - Japan have never won a Confeds match in which they have conceded the first goal (6 losses, one draw)
 - Conversely, Brazil have never lost a Confeds match in which they have scored first (18 wins, two draws)

The final whistle sounds.
(3 - 0) JO (Brazil) scores!!
INUI (in) comes off the bench to replace HONDA (out) (Japan)
JO (in) comes off the bench to replace FRED (out) (Brazil)
HOSOGAI (in) comes off the bench to replace ENDO (out) (Japan)
HERNANES (in) comes off the bench to replace HULK (out) (Brazil)
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