Brazil opened their campaign at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Nigeria 2009 with a thrilling last-minute 3-2 win despite an impressive showing from an unlucky Japan in Lagos. The Japanese appeared set to share the points with an equaliser six minutes from time only for the Asian representatives to suffer the heartbreak of an own-goal from goalkeeper Jun Kamita four minutes into stoppage time. The Asians showed they will provide more than nuisance value at the tournament with a skilful display throughout.
A sizable and noisy crowd came out to see the match, despite it being in direct conlfict with Nigeria's opening fixture being played in Abuja. Brazil soon showed their abilities going forward with Neymar and, in particular, Coutinho looking lively. The three-time champions nearly opened the scoring with Romario Leiria heading against the crossbar in just the fourth minute.
The deadlock was broken midway through the first half courtesy of a remarkable long-range shot from left-back Guilherme in a moment reminiscent of the iconic Roberto Carlos. The Brazilians' joy didn't last long, though, with Yoshiaki Takagi driving home a sumptuous strike from outside the penalty area.
The second half was a more open affair with exciting forward Neymar scoring a goal of rare quality at the midway point when he dummied the goalkeeper, then ran around the custodian to finish into an empty net. Japan maintained their composure, however, and after a defensive error they equalised through the speed and neat finish of Kenyu Sugimoto. The Asians were eventually denied a deserved share of the points as Kamita erred in failing to hold a free-kick from the middle of the park, spilling it over the line.