Neymar returns with brilliant solo goal against Croatia

04 June, 2018, 02:12 | Author: Raquel Nash
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His World Cup participation was put in doubt and he did not play another club game before the season finished, but he took to the field at Anfield this afternoon.

Brazil coach Tite hailed the match-winning return of Neymar on Sunday, but insisted his side are more than a one-man team as they go in search of a sixth World Cup title.

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

Neymar had replaced midfielder Fernandinho at halftime with the score at 0-0 and needed only 23 minutes to make his mark.

The effort leaves Neymar on 54 goals for his national team, one behind Romario, who is third on the country's all-time list, and with only Pele and Ronaldo ahead of him in the record books.

Another substitute, Roberto Firmino, delighted the Liverpool fans in the Anfield crowd by adding the second in stoppage-time with a well-taken lob from inside the area.

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"With Coutinho, his ability was a good start and the goals he scored from outside the box were tremendously exciting".

Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar will play for the first time since February on Sunday, as he's expected to feature in Brazil's friendly against Croatia.

"Neymar is only human, but he came back above my expectations too", Tite said.

They will play their last friendly against Austria in Vienna on June 10, before flying off to Russian Federation for the World Cup that kicks off from June 14.

Brazil instantly appeared more threatening, with the PSG man linking up quickly with Jesus.

Croatia's high tempo created first-half chances for Dejan Lovren and Andrej Kramaric.

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