Rampant Brazil cruise to victory
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Brazil thrilled their own fans and overwhelmed Japan en route to a 12-1 victory in their FIFA Futsal World Cup curtain-raiser. Lenisio, Falcao, Ari and Schumacher scored two apiece, and Marquinho, Wilde, Betao and Cico were also on the scoresheet for the tournament hosts.

Both sides had shots on target in a frenetic opening couple of minutes, before quick-fire goals from Lenisio and Marquinho put the Seleção two goals up. Falcao increased their lead from the penalty spot, before Nobuya Osodo pulled one back for Japan on the quarter-hour mark.

It proved the prelude to a Brazilian onslaught. Although they did not increase their advantage before the first period was out, they ran riot in the second, scoring nine times without reply.

The supporters' enthusiasm made for a carnival atmosphere at the Gimnasio Nilson Nelson, and aside from the goals, Paulo de Oliveira's charges entertained them with their customary plethora of flicks and tricks. Moreover, Brazil firmly underlined their title credentials.