Maicon produced a moment of pure Brazilian magic to set the five-time champions on their way to a 2-1 victory against North Korea in Johannesburg.
Brazil deserved the victory for their dominance in possession, especially in the second half, but North Korea's previously unknown players can hold their heads high after a display full of effort and endevour.
Maicon produced a swerving screamer from the byeline that bent in with goalkeeper Ri Myong-guk standing a fraction too far off his post.
Elano added a second goal in the 72nd minute after receiving an inch-prefect through ball from Robinho and cool slotting past the Korean keeper.
Brazil still had a scare when Ji Yun-nam's clever first touch controlled a high ball and took him into space in the Brazil box and he made no mistake with an accurate finish past Julio Cesar.