Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
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Neymar & Philippe Coutinho egged in Brazil's World Cup preparations

Neymar & Philippe Coutinho egged in Brazil's World Cup preparations

Set up by Willian in the 63th minute, Neymar wrong-footed Austria defender Aleksandar Dragovic with a quick move and converted through the legs of goalkeeper Heinz Lindner for Brazil's second goal.

Brazil arrived in Russian Federation on Monday hungry to make amends for their World Cup humiliation in 2014 with Neymar apparently fighting fit.

Marko Arnautovic gave Brazil a couple of early frights before the South Americans went ahead in the 36th minute, Jesus scoring with a delightful dinked effort from a hard angle for his 10th goal in 17 internationals.

Austria only half cleared and Marcelo's drive deflected to Jesus for the forward to curl in from an angle.

The Selecao began carving Austria apart and, after Paulinho rifled a low effort too close to Lindner, Coutinho streamed on to a pass from Jesus' replacement Roberto Firmino and clipped in number three.

Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar has spoken of fears over his fitness holding up following a broken metatarsal in February and he was forced to withstand some robust challenges before a wonderful solo effort made it 2-0 in the 63rd minute - his 55th global goal sending him level with Romario in third on Brazil's all-time scoring chart. He stayed on for nearly the entire game, being replaced in the 84th by Douglas Costa.

"I do not even know the limit of Neymar", Tite told reporters afterwards. "In the end I thought it might be getting too much for him so I took him off".

Neymar was running at full stride against Austria.

He made his comeback in Brazil's World Cup warm-up friendly against Croatia and scored a spectacular goal off the bench at Anfield earlier this month.


The Paris Saint-Germain star launched the flour before his strike partner Jesus cracked open an egg on Coutinho's head as he lay there helpless while his team-mates erupted with laughter.

Each time, Neymar remained sitting on the pitch and holding his left ankle with a painful face, though he eventually got up and didn't looked hampered during play.

Costa's return was also good news for Tite.

Four years later, playing as hosts under Luiz Felipe Scolari, Brazil were overly dependent on Neymar as they muddled their way through to the semi-finals before losing 7-1 to Germany, when he was injured.

Is Neymar ready for the World Cup? Fred underwent further examinations in Vienna this weekend.

The general understanding is that Brazil is a football insane nation but a new study has shown that ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2018, they are not even among the top-ten nations to be interested in the game of football.

"Eight fouls - that shows that we use aggressive marking to try and win the ball and then come out playing", he said after Sunday's game, the last before their opening Group E game against Switzerland on June 17.

Austria failed to qualify for the World Cup.

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