Neymar impresses on return but caution urged by Tite

04 June, 2018, 03:47 | Author: Kristine Mills
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Neymar scored on his return to action after three months out through injury as Brazil warmed up for the World Cup with a 2-0 friendly win over Croatia at Anfield on Sunday.

Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino then bagged a goal on his own home turf in injury time, to seal the victory.

Brazil will face Croatia on Sunday and play one more friendly against Austria before the start of the World Cup.

Neymar's return to the pitch came as a big boost to Brazil ahead of their World Cup campaign, which begins on June 17 against Switzerland in Rostov-on-Don.

The Paris Saint-Germain superstar emerged as a second-half substitute against Croatia at Anfield in his first appearance since fracturing a metatarsal while playing for his club in February.

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True to his word, Tite brought on Neymar at the interval and he appeared comfortable, steering an early shot, from a wide angle on the edge of the area, directly at goalkeeper Danijel Subasic who saved well.

Brazil head to Russian Federation as one of the favourites but this was a largely flat display, despite Tite choosing to start Gabriel Jesus, Willian and Philippe Coutinho, making his first appearance at the stadium since leaving Liverpool for Barcelona in January.

Tite said there was no doubt that Neymar gives them something extra but said that needed to be kept in perspective.

After a low-key opening in the Liverpool sunshine, Brazil fashioned the first chance when Gabriel Jesus, captaining the side, led a counter-attack that ended when Willian's flick was scrambled away.

Until Neymar stepped onto the pitch it was Croatia which had the best opportunities in a match that seemed headed for a boring draw.

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