Brazil’s Neymar celebrates scoring his fourth goal against Japan during their soccer friendly  at the National Stadium in Singapore. Photograph: Edgar Su/Reuters

Friendly international round-up: Neymar shrugged off a cold to score all four goals in a sumptuous display as Brazil beat an under-strength Japan 4-0 (...)

Juan Cuadrado (right) of Colombia celebrates with his teammates after scoring a penalty   at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba. Photograph: EPA

Colombia 4 Japan 1On a night of contrasting emotions in Cuiabá, Colombia marched into the second round as group winners with a third victory in 11 day(...)

Japan players huddle during a send-off ceremony for the World Cup  in Tokyo on May 25th.  Photograph: Toru Hanai / Reuters

Manager: Alberto Zaccheroni    Best finish: Second rounds (2002, 2010)    World Cup record: P 17, W 4, D 4, L 9(...)

Japan’s goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima (L) reacts after Italy’s Sebastian Giovinco scored the winning goal during their Confederations Cup Group A soccer match at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife. Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters.

Italy 4 Japan 3: Substitute Sebastian Giovinco tapped in a late goal to secure Italy a thrilling win a semi-final berth in the Confederations Cup.(...)