Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

Neymar scored on his return to action

Neymar-Brazil GETTYWorld Cup 2018 Neymar is looking like he will be fit for Brazil
Ivan Hill | 04 June, 2018, 01:08

Neymar scored a brilliant goal on his return from injury as Brazil began their World Cup preparations with a win over Croatia at Anfield.

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino, on his home ground, completed the victory in stoppage time when he controlled a through ball on his chest and calmly beat the advancing keeper with a delicate lob.

Neymar will have a chance to get more minutes in a friendly against Germany's recent conquerors Austria, before Brazil open their World Cup campaign against Switzerland on June 17.

But the 26-year-old striker has made a strong recovery and handed Brazil a pre-World Cup boost when he came off the bench to replace Fernandinho for the second half at Anfield.

Those fears largely disappeared Sunday when Neymar returned to action with smart dribbling, fluent passing and an impressive individual goal, which he celebrated with his surgeon.

Brazil have now won three of their four encounters against Croatia, drawing one.

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Brazil head to Russian Federation as one of the favourites but this was a largely flat display, despite Tite choosing to start Gabriel Jesus, Willian and Philippe Coutinho, making his first appearance at the stadium since leaving Liverpool for Barcelona in January.

Willian and Coutinho combined before the ball was played for Neymar in the build-up to his goal, he cut inside after beating Sime Vrsaljko with clever close control before firing a shot into the net via the crossbar.

The same Liverpool supporters who cheered Firmino went out of their way to jeer Coutinho, who left the Reds for Barcelona earlier this year.

Neymar said he was 80 percent at his best for the Croatia game.

Croatia set up in a 4-4-2 formation and overran the Brazilian midfield trio of Fernandinho, Casemiro and Paulinho.

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