Neymar returns in scoring style as Brazil beat Croatia

Neymar returns in scoring style as Brazil beat Croatia

As said by Brazilian Brazil coach Tite, Neymar made a second-half appearance against Croatia in the global friendly at Anfield on Sunday evening (June 3) and 24 minutes after coming off the bench, he found the back of the net with a stunning solo goal.

Another substitute, Roberto Firmino, delighted the Liverpool fans in the Anfield crowd by adding the second in stoppage-time with a well-taken lob from inside the area.

Firmino struck in the dying seconds to cap a successful outing for Brazil, who face just one more friendly with Austria next Sunday before their World Cup opener against Switzerland on June 17.

While many expect Brazil to be one of the favourites for the forthcoming World Cup, Croatia may have announced themselves as a dark horse - despite ultimately losing the match.

Paris St Germain forward Neymar allayed fears a long injury layoff since hurting his ankle and metatarsal in late February would harm his chances of making an impact in Russian Federation with an impressive display from the bench in his first game back. 'I need to lose that fear as quickly as possible to arrive at the World Cup at my best'.

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The first time I thought it was inside the five year and I thought I can not do that, that would betray my club". Pérez added: "This was a totally unexpected decision, Zidane informed me of his choice yesterday.

Neymar had started on the bench as he eases back into contention but there was a start for former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho on his return to Anfield.

Brazil striker Neymar made a spectacular return on Sunday after a three-month absence with a foot injury and celebrated a superb individual goal with his surgeon.

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

He joined Jesus and Willian in attack, with Coutinho dropping into the midfield place vacated by Fernandinho.

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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