Neymar scores as Brazil thrash Austria in pre World Cup friendly

Neymar scores as Brazil thrash Austria in pre World Cup friendly

Neymar scores as Brazil thrash Austria in pre World Cup friendly

Coutinho drilled a low, long-range effort that drew a fine save from Heinz Lindner and the Austria goalkeeper brilliantly denied Paulinho with his feet shortly after Thiago Silva planted a Neymar corner wide.

He came back in the 2-0 friendly victory over Croatia on June 4 and scored a brilliant goal, evading a couple of challenges before blasting in off the crossbar.

Brazil is five days away from its opening World Cup match against Switzerland, but there doesn't appear to be any pre-tournament nerves at training.

Brazil couldn't deliver when they were the hosts but with Neymar back and the attack firing on all cylinders, this could certainly be their year. The likes of Marcelo, Neymar, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho can run through their opponents on their day. Similar fouls were committed by Florian Grillitsch in the 35th and Sebatian Proedl in the 53rd. "The match (against Austria) and the performance will decide that".

Russian Federation was a disputed choice when it was handed the World Cup in a closely watched 2010 vote that has since been tainted by bribery charges, and the 2018 tournament takes place against a background of global tensions.

Under Tite, Brazil have regained the swagger that has been missing from recent World Cup squads.

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Liverpool signed Salah from Roma last summer for £36.7million and the Egyptian went on to score 44 goals in all competitions. FIFA's approval of Grozny, the Chechen capital, as Egypt's training base came under scrutiny back in February.

However, Tite had midfielder Fred left off the team after he hurt his right ankle in training on Thursday.

"The concentration and competitiveness of the team was laudable", Brazil coach Tite told reporters.

On Sunday, those in a bitterly divided land may put their differences to one side and finally unite in order to get behind a team reimagined under Tite and with a genuine chance of going all the way in Russian Federation.

Tite's men will open their World Cup campaign against Switzerland on June 17 before taking on Costa Rica and Serbia.

Brazil's World Cup team on Tuesday celebrated Philippe Coutinho's birthday by covering the Barcelona star in eggs, flour and milk.

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