Brazil touch down in Russian Federation ahead of World Cup

North America and Morocco finalists for hosting 2026 World Cup

North America and Morocco finalists for hosting 2026 World Cup

The ace forward is his country's biggest hope at the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation and will be tasked with spearheading the Tite-coached team's attack. There is no question that the absence of Dani Alves through injury is a big one, but in Thiago Silva and Miranda, the South American nation have two centre-backs that know what it is all about at the top level.

"The team is ready for the competition and morale is high", national team manager Ihab Leheta told AFP at the airport in Grozny, where Egypt are basing themselves.

Today Brazil played Austria in their final warm-up game before their group matches.

Tite had previously encouraged patience with regards to Neymar's fitness, and the Paris Saint-Germain forward produced some magic on his return to the Selecao's starting line-up.

Moments later, Philippe Coutinho went close to putting the visitors ahead but his long-range strike was turned away by Austria goalkeeper Heinz Lindner. The tournament kicks off in Moscow on Thursday evening as hosts Russian Federation take on Saudi Arabia, and Metro.co.uk will be previewing each group ahead of the big kick-off.

That goal was Neymar's 55th for the Seleção, with only Pele and Ronaldo scoring more. And they have that exciting individual brilliance in the final third. Brazil is in red-hot form after their wins over Germany and Croatia.


Reported Manchester United target Arnautovic then scuffed a shot into the turf and over from 10 yards after Schopf and Stefan Lainer picked apart an uncomfortable looking Brazil backline.

Four minutes later Lindner gathered Philippe Coutinho's drive and Austria survived again after a mix-up between Sebastian Prodl and Lindner nearly let Jesus in. That was again the case against Brazil on Sunday afternoon, with Bayern Munich's David Alaba in a wing-back position.

Jesus got the ball rolling with Brazil's opening goal.

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Brazil coach Tite said he felt "extremely proud" of his team, although he said they could be more clinical.

"Neymar looked incredibly fit and fresh at Anfield".

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