Neymar goal caps impressive Brazil win over feisty Austria

Neymar goal caps impressive Brazil win over feisty Austria

Neymar goal caps impressive Brazil win over feisty Austria

Neymar looked really sharp after returning from his lengthy injury spell last week when he came off the bench and scored for Brazil in a World Cup warm-up against Croatia.

His goal took him on to 55 from 85 caps and he was proud to move level with Romario as Brazil's third highest scorer, leaving him 22 behind record-holder Pele.

Selecao eventually broke the deadlock with 10 minutes remaining in the first-half, with Gabriel Jesus slotting into the far corner from a tight angle.

France, boasting the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe in an attack-minded squad, also arrived in Russian Federation, seeking to win their second World Cup 20 years after their 1998 triumph.

"The last World Cup, they had the genius in Neymar, but he was kicked out of the competition and what was left was a bunch of forwards who shouldn't have been wearing the shirt".

A confident Brazil squad arrived in Russian Federation in the early hours of Monday morning as they set their sights on winning the World Cup for the sixth time.

Now the serious business begins as Brazil open their Group E campaign against Switzerland on June 17, before taking on Costa Rica and Serbia.

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Neymar's goal in the 63rd minute was even better as he collected the ball on the left of the area, performed a drag-back which left Aleksandar Dragovic on the floor before sending his shot between Lindner's legs.

Soon after Neymer's goal, which was set up by Chelsea' Willian, Philippe Courinho scored another cracker, after a slick one-two with former Liverpool team-mate Roberto Firmino. By deploying Phillipe Coutinho alongside Paulinho and Casemiro, the manager gave Brazil a lighter midfield than in most of his 21-match reign: Usually, Renato Augusto or Fernandinho were there. And they have that exciting individual brilliance in the final third. They will also not take part in this summer's tournament having finished fourth in their qualification group - winning just four of their 10 matches. The winger only started training with the squad last week after picking up a thigh injury during Juventus' 2-1 win against Verona in the last round of Italy's Serie A top club competition. That was again the case against Brazil on Sunday afternoon, with Bayern Munich's David Alaba in a wing-back position.

Arnautovic had another half-chance in the 22nd minute as Foda's side continued to cause Brazil problems in a wide position, but the attacker scuffed over the crossbar from close range.

"You can talk, you're Brazilian and you can dream; we're dreaming more and more".

"Whoever Tite chooses will show why they are here".

"Neymar looked incredibly fit and fresh at Anfield".

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