International Friendly Report: Brazil v Croatia 03 June 2018


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Neymar ran behind the goal, in front of Anfield's legendary Kop End, and punched the air in obvious delight as he was mobbed by team-mates.

Selecao eventually sealed the win in second-half stoppage time as Roberto Firmino out-muscled his marker before lobbing the ball into the back of the net.

Neymar had been sidelined since February 25, when he fractured a metatarsal and sprained his ankle in a Ligue 1 match against Marseille.

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Brazil face Austria in a friendly next Sunday before they begin their campaign for a sixth World Cup against Switzerland on June 17.

On Coutinho's first return to Anfield, it was noticeable how much he was whistled by sections of the crowd.

"He will come on at half-time".

Coutinho switched to a more orthodox midfield role after the introduction of Neymar, on the left, at the break and Firmino played the last half hour in the middle after replacing Jesus.

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After his comeback on Sunday, Brazil's national team captured a video of Neymar exchanging shirts with Modric outside the dressing rooms at Anfield.

Operating a high defensive press to try and stop Brazil at the first opportunity, Modric pushed further forward off the ball coming in line with Andrej Kramaric to form a two-man defensive attack.

Despite the looming spectre of the World Cup, now less than two weeks away, the game proved a physical one.

Defender Dejan Lovren had the best chance to open in a header that grazed Brazil goalkeeper Alisson's right post after a corner.

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