Neymar makes spectacular return as Brazil beats Croatia 2-0

Neymar makes spectacular return as Brazil beats Croatia 2-0

Croatia captain Luka Modric was among many impressed with Neymar.

Speaking after the game, Jesus congratulated Roberto Firmino on his goal as well as his season with Liverpool. "Then he will have his normal standard", Tite said.

The same Liverpool supporters who cheered Firmino went out of their way to jeer Coutinho, who left the Reds for Barcelona earlier this year.

It was the Croatians, limbering up for a tough group involving Argentina, Nigeria and Iceland, who threatened first but an Ante Rebic chance was snuffed out by Thiago Silva.Also playing on home soil, the Croatian defender Dejan Lovren came close to snatching the lead when he headed inches over from a corner.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward appeared as a half-time replacement for Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho as the Selecao stepped up their World Cup preparations. Sometimes it pains my heart and I have to decide.

Still, Tite said he could change his mind before the World Cup begins.

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

Meanwhile, Neymar scored a brilliant goal on his return from injury as Brazil defeated Croatia 2-0 in their 2018 FIFA World Cup worldwide friendly match.

"We will keep sharing (the captaincy) in the World Cup".

"Nigeria team have many young players who are talented and ambitious", he remarked.

Modric said Brazil was better than the team which opened the 2014 World Cup against Croatia in Sao Paulo.

Neymar's introduction at the start of the second half drew an enthusiastic reaction, from the Anfield crowd and his team-mates alike.

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