Austria vs. Brazil - Football Match Report

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The Brazilians landed in the early hours in Sochi, the Black Sea resort where they will be based, buoyant after beating Austria 3-0 in their final warm-up match.

On 63 minutes, the PSG attacker produced a moment of sheer fleet-footed, bamboozling Leicester defender Aleksandar Dragović and leaving him on his arse, before slotting past Heinz Lindner...

Neymar celebrated by pulling his shirt back over his head and making the "V" sign with both hands.

Before noting that Brazil had beaten strong opposition in Austria and Croatia, "a candidate to advance to the quarter-finals for the second time in its history", over the last two Sundays, PVC concluded that the Seleção "arrives at the World Cup strong" and that "to win the title is a thing to discuss in the next four weeks".

Six minutes later, Selecao bagged a third goal as Coutinho played a neat one-two with Roberto Firmino before placing the ball beyond a helpless Lindner. He stayed on for nearly the entire game, being replaced in the 84th by Douglas Costa.

The celebrations descended into a free-for-all when Thiago Silva turned on Neymar and hurled an egg at him, certainly the sort of relaxed atmosphere Tite hoped to create ahead of the biggest tournament in football.

And Neymar blossomed in the final half-hour - when Austria's tight defense opened up - showing off his individual skills and crowning his performance with a fine finish that further cracked Austria's resistance. 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.

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Russian Federation was a disputed choice when it was handed the World Cup in a closely watched 2010 vote that has since been tainted by bribery charges and the tournament takes place against a background of global tensions.

"I don't know if I can say that this will be the team at the start of the World Cup", he told reporters.

If Tite maintains the more attacking formation, the Manchester City man will have to mind the spaces created up front but he did slot into the team more easily than perhaps even Tite might have imagined.

Brazil, who have won all four games this year without conceding a goal, also face Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E.

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

Neuer is key to Germany and their quest to win back-to-back World Cups, and German fans will hope that he is back to his best in Russian Federation.

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