Russian Federation 2018: Neymar led Brazil thrash Austria in final warm up match

No. 2 Switzerland 1-0 Spain 2010Switzerland's midfielder Gelson Fernandes celebrates with teammates after scoring the only goal of the second biggest World Cup upset in history. Spain would however recover to win the tournament held in South A

No. 2 Switzerland 1-0 Spain 2010Switzerland's midfielder Gelson Fernandes celebrates with teammates after scoring the only goal of the second biggest World Cup upset in history. Spain would however recover to win the tournament held in South A

Sunday's match suggested that Brazil could start the World Cup in Russian Federation with the so-called magic quartet of Philippe Coutinho, Willian, Gabriel Jesus and Neymar.

The Paris Saint-Germain star has enjoyed a seamless return to football after three months out with a broken foot, which he suffered in action for PSG back in February.

Tite's men, who defeated Croatia at Anfield last week, controlled matters across the 90 minutes at Ernst-Happel-Stadion, rarely looking threatened after Gabriel Jesus opened the scoring from a tight angle in the first half.

Marko Arnautovic gave Brazil a couple of early frights before the South Americans went ahead in the 36th minute, Jesus scoring with a delightful dinked effort from a hard angle for his 10th goal in 17 internationals.

The Selecao star insists the five-time champions are dreaming again of winning the World Cup in Russian Federation after cruising past Austria 3-0 in their final hit-out ahead of the tournament.

So, yeah, Neymar is definitely back.


Manchester City striker Jesus also insisted Tite's side are ready for the tournament.

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.

He would not confirm, however, that the same side would start Brazil's opening World Cup game against Switzerland on 17 June. The Brazilian squad will hold a public training on June 12.

"The concentration and competitiveness of the team was laudable", Brazil coach Tite told reporters.

The most extreme examples were the Confederations Cup final against Spain in 2013 when Brazil battered their opponents with 26 fouls and the infamous World Cup quarter-final against Colombia in 2014, where they gave away 31 free kicks. Imagine watching that goal as a Switzerland, Costa Rica or Serbia player.

The image below provides an overview of the 2018 FIFA World Cup prediction by Goldman Sachs.

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