Neymar marks return with wonder goal against Croatia

Neymar marks return with wonder goal against Croatia

Neymar admitted he is still not quite at 100 per cent despite finding the net in his first appearance in over three months on Sunday, just 11 days before the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

Croatian midfielder, Luka Modric, has told Brazilian ace, Neymar, that Real Madrid players are "waiting for him" to move to the Santiago Bernabeu this summer. "I was expecting much less".

Midfielder Renato Augusto, who plays more as a pacemaker, was injured earlier in the week during training and replaced by Manchester City's Fernandinho. After Casemiro put the ball in the penalty box, Firmino controlled with his chest and sent the ball over Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic to step up his challenge for a starting position in the team. "Then he will have his normal standard", Tite said.

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That means they might be forced into selling some of their most valuable assets this summer, and Neymar could be one of them.

Real president Florentino Perez has admitted his side tried to sign Neymar before he joined Barca in 2013 and has reiterated his desire to bring the Brazilian to the Spanish capital.

It was a notable afternoon also for former Liverpool striker Coutinho, who made his first appearance at Anfield since his transfer to Barcelona in January, and received a smattering of boos from some of his old club's supporters.

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Brazil's team on Sunday was unveiled as Alisson; Danilo, Thiago Silva, Miranda and Marcelo; Casemiro, Paulinho and Fernandinho; Philippe Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus and Willian.

Despite the looming spectre of the World Cup, now less than two weeks away, the game proved a physical one.

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