Brazil set to put dour World Cup performances behind them

12 June, 2018, 17:26 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • 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

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

Neymar, making his first start since February, doubled the lead midway through the second half, slotting in after a nice piece of skill, BBC reports.

Neymar was running at full stride against Austria.

Is Neymar ready for the World Cup?

Tite said his team "can get a bit more effective but still have a week left to work on that".

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.

Neymar Jr. and Philippe Coutinho added to the goal tally during the second half of the friendly match.


Firmino's all-round game is perhaps more in keeping with Brazil's footballing ethos, but what this current side really calls out for is a pure goalscorer and Jesus more than fits the bill. "When we spring him into action in the last third of the field, he is lethal".

Brazil's forward Neymar celebrates during the global friendly football match Austria vs Brazil in Vienna, on 10 June 2018.

Coming off the back of an encouraging 2-1 win over holders Germany in the previous fixture, the hosts tried to put up another fight, but after a positive start, were completely blown out of water by a belligerent Seleccao.

Without providing details of the injury, Tite said Fred's situation was "improving" but didn't hint whether the midfielder could be back for the team's World Cup opener.

Which team are you supporting in the 2018 World Cup? After playing Switzerland in Rostov-on-Don on June 17, it faces Costa Rica in St. Petersburg five days later, before wrapping up its Group E campaign against Serbia on June 27 in Moscow. Brazil, if not the favorite, is one of the two or three favorites to lift the World Cup trophy on July 15.

The Selecao will now fly to Russia fresh from victories over Croatia, Austria, Russia and the defending world champions, Germany.

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