Neymar looks fit as Brazil land in Russia

No. 3 Algeria 2-1 West Germany 1982 Any Algerian old enough to watch will remember where he or she was when the North African country stunned one of Europe's powerhouses. Led by an assist and winning goal from Lakhdar Belloumi, A

No. 3 Algeria 2-1 West Germany 1982 Any Algerian old enough to watch will remember where he or she was when the North African country stunned one of Europe's powerhouses. Led by an assist and winning goal from Lakhdar Belloumi, A

Brazil arrived in Russian Federation yesterday as they make their final preparations ahead of their opening World Cup match against Switzerland on Sunday.

Set up by Willian in the 63rd minute, Neymar wrong-footed Austria defender Aleksandar Dragovic with a quick move and converted through the legs of goalkeeper Heinz Lindner for Brazil's second goal.

A metatarsal injury suffered in February has kept the nation's talisman on the sidelines, and initially there were concerns he wouldn't be fully fit by the time Brazil lined up against Switzerland in their tournament opener.

He made his comeback in Brazil's World Cup warm-up friendly against Croatia and scored a spectacular goal off the bench at Anfield earlier this month.

Selecao eventually broke the deadlock with 10 minutes remaining in the first-half, with Gabriel Jesus slotting into the far corner from a tight angle.

Brazil's coach had earlier said that Sunday's performance would inform the selection of a starting lineup for the World Cup tournament in Russian Federation.


"I wanted to pay homage to him in some way because he is an idol".

Each time, Neymar remained sitting on the pitch and holding his left ankle with a painful face, though he eventually got up and didn't looked hampered during play.

On Goal.com Brasil, Raísa Simplicio also noted Coutinho's importance in branding him the "ritmista" of the national team - a samba term given to one who dictates the rhythm of the beat and a specialist in percussion instruments - who "shone like a maestro" and is prepared for his role at the World Cup.

It's true that Brazil's latest opponent, Austria, have consistently failed to qualify for the World Cup since 1998, and an ageing Croatia are not expected to pull off a rampaging campaign in Russian Federation 2018.

Despite Brazil's chances looking up, coach Tite remains little-known outside his own country where he has spent almost entire career, coaching more than 10 teams, and including three stints at domestic club Corinthians where he made his name. The Brazilian figure dropped from 72 per cent in 2013, the year before the country hosted the World Cup.

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