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Neymar Jokes About Austria's 'UFC' Tactics, Talks World Cup Dreams
13 June 2018, 03:30 | Pamela Mathis
Brazil coach puts cards on the table ahead of World Cup opener By IANS Last updated Jun 14 2018 Share
Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho scored the other goals for the five-times champions who showed great patience in the first half as they worked to break Austria down before turning on the style after the interval.
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.
Brazil made it to the semi finals on home soil, but the lack of a genuine centre forward meant their challenge was always likely to falter, although nobody could have predicted the wheels would fall off quite so spectacularly against Germany in that infamous 7-1 defeat. They were filmed at the team's World Cup training base in Sochi, rushing to cover him in eggs and flour before soaking him with water.
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Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar has spoken of fears over his fitness holding up following a broken metatarsal in February and he was forced to withstand some robust challenges before a wonderful solo effort made it 2-0 in the 63rd minute - his 55th worldwide goal sending him level with Romario in third on Brazil's all-time scoring chart. Philippe Coutinho added a third after being sent deep by Roberto Firmino 20 minutes from the end.
With temperatures set to tip 30 degrees for the opening round of fixtures in Russia, Brazil are keeping it cool in their final preparations.
Brazil have not lost since June 2017, a run of 10 games, and have kept 16 clean sheets in 21 games since Tite took over in June 2016.
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