06/15/2013 05:05 pm ET

Neymar Goal vs. Japan: Brazil Golazo Opens 2013 Confederations Cup (VIDEO)

Neymar opened the 2013 Confederations Cup in grand style.

In the first game of the eight-team tournament, the 21-year-old Brazil star staked the hosts to an 1-0 lead in the third minute with a stunning right-footed blast past Japanese goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima.


Mired in a nine-game goalless streak with the national team, the striker who recently left Santos in Brazil for Barcelona remained confident entering the match against Japan.

"I can't behave for the national team as if I was with Santos, where everyone knew me," Neymar said ahead of the Confederations Cup, via "Here, they still need to get to know me."

It certainly looks like proper introductions have been arranged.

With later goals added by Paulinho and Jo, Brazil would cruise to a 3-0 win.