Brazil easily polish off Japan before lunchtime in Lille

Neymar, Marcelo and Gabriel Jesus scored as Brazil beat Japan 3-1 in a friendly that kicked off at 1pm in Lille

It was the quirkiest of occasions. On a damp and slightly chilly lunchtime in northern France, Brazil started their countdown to the World Cup finals. It is anybody’s guess why the five-times champions kicked off at 1pm in Lille and for long spells the atmosphere at a half-empty stadium was quiet verging on eerie.Never mind. Brazil sent the most eloquent of statements with a first-half battering, which featured a Neymar penalty, a Marcelo rocket and a lovely team goal finished by Gabriel Jesu...