Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Neymar the star attraction as fans swarm to Brazil training

Neymar the star attraction as fans swarm to Brazil training

Neymar Jr. and Philippe Coutinho added to the goal tally during the second half of the friendly match.

Neymar scored a superb second-half goal as Brazil defeated Austria 3-0 in their final warm-up game ahead of the World Cup yesterday.

Back in February, the Neymar lay crumpled in a heap on the floor during a game against Marseille after he sustained a fractured metatarsal.

Brazil have lost only one game out of 20 since Tite was appointed in June 2016 and have regained their confidence which was shattered by the 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany at the last World Cup.

Brazil will travel from Vienna to its World Cup base in Sochi, though it won't play any of its group matches near the Black Sea resort.

Yeah, pretty safe to say Neymar is ready for the World Cup ... "It was a hard match, with heavy physical contact and we did really well".

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With the temperature hot enough for water breaks, tempers frayed as Casemiro replied with a rough tackle of his own.

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 equalled Selecao legend Romario with the spectacular strike which was his 55th goal in national colours.

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.

France, who boast "world-class" talent in Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba, according to Australia midfielder Massimo Luongo, are among the tournament favourites in Russian Federation alongside Brazil, Germany and Spain.

They will head to Russian Federation in confident mood, having lost only one out of 21 games - a friendly against Argentina - in Tite's two years in charge.

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