Russian Federation 2018: Neymar led Brazil thrash Austria in final warm up match

Doug Mendoza
June 13, 2018

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. Around 5,000 locals had turned out to watch the relaxed session at the Yug-Sport Stadium, next to the Brazilian squad's hotel in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi.

Brazil arrived in Russian Federation on Monday hungry to make amends for their World Cup humiliation in 2014 with Neymar apparently fighting fit, as Lionel Messi cast doubt over his worldwide future. Nearly two years later, "The Monster" has recovered both form and confidence and edged out his club teammate to form a partnership with Miranda, perhaps the quietest man to ever wear the captain's armband not only for Brazil.

Marko Arnautovic gave Brazil a couple of early frights before the South Americans went ahead in the 36th minute, Jesus scoring with a delightful dinked effort from a hard angle for his 10th goal in 17 internationals.

Neymar looked really sharp after returning from his lengthy injury spell last week when he came off the bench and scored for Brazil in a World Cup warm-up against Croatia.

He would not confirm, however, that the same side would start Brazil's opening World Cup game against Switzerland on 17 June.

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Owen believes that Brazil, whose 2014 World Cup ended in such disappointment, will bounce back and lift their first trophy since 2002.

"France obviously have a lot of good players but I'm a bit sceptical about them in tournaments". It's not bad for me that my players can go on holiday, ' the Red Devils boss said.

Here's what have we learned from Brazil's World Cup warm-ups and why they're looking good for a deep run in Russian Federation.

He joked about Austria's rough approach. "The forecast is that he is fit and ready to train with us", he said.

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