Firmino tees one up as Brazil beat Austria

Annette Crawford
June 13, 2018

The past winners and high ranked sides like Germany, Brazil, Spain, and France are clearly the most likely teams to go all the way and lift the trophy, but what about the rest?

The national team of Brazil, which is the world's most successful FIFA World Cup competitor with five victories on record, arrived in Russia's Black Sea resort city of Sochi early on Monday.

Neymar scored a superb second-half goal as Brazil defeated Austria 3-0 in their final warm-up game ahead of the World Cup yesterday. The winger only started training with the squad last week after picking up a thigh injury during Juventus' 2-1 win against Verona in the last round of Italy's Serie A top club competition. "Ahead of a competition as important as the World Cup, the entire focus should be on it. Rumors shouldn't matter".

After the win over Austria, Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar insists he and his team-mates are dreaming of winning the World Cup once again. In particular, the defensive midfield role performed by Real Madrid's Casemiro is essential, providing a link between defence and midfield and a shield to the back four.

It was a goal you would want to watch on repeat mode and still not get enough of it.

They will head to Russian Federation in confident mood, having lost only one out of 21 games - a friendly against Argentina - in Tite's two years in charge.

The foursome, starting together for the first time, worked superbly in hard conditions on Sunday to break down an Austria side which had beaten Germany only one week earlier.

The Paris St Germain forward scored his 55th global goal to go level with Romario and sit joint-third in Brazil's all-time scoring charts during their impressive victory.

"You can talk, you're Brazilian and you can dream; we're dreaming more and more".

The South American nation unleashed their full attacking might against Austria on Sunday as the feared quartet of Neymar, Willian, Philippe Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus start together for the first time.

He also seemed to revel in no longer having to carry the team on his shoulders.

"I don't know what Neymar's limit is", said Tite. "His technical and creative ability is impressive. When we release him in the last third of the field, he's lethal".

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