Worldwide friendlies: Austria 0-3 Brazil, 5 Talking Points

Jose Verdugo
Junio 13, 2018

Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho netted either side of a brilliant Neymar goal as Brazil ran out 3-0 winners in Austria.

Neymar's goal in the 63rd minute was even better as he collected the ball on the left of the area, performed a drag-back which left Aleksandar Dragovic on the floor before sending his shot between Lindner's legs.

Neymar, who broke a bone in his foot in February, marked his first start in more than three months by scoring in Sunday's easy victory in Vienna, drawing level with Romario on the list of Brazil's all-time leading scorers behind only Pele and Ronaldo.

Gabriel Jesus opened the scoring while Philippe Coutinho added a third in the second half.

However, Marcelo helped him get his own back on Neymar.

The first scare came in the third minute following a late tackle from behind by midfielder Alessandro Schoepf.

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Both goals displayed the individual brilliance that has made him the most expensive transfer in football history, but yesterday's strike in the 3-0 win over Austria proved to be a historic moment.

Costa's return was also good news for Tite.

Austria, who failed to qualify for Russian Federation and have not competed at a World Cup since 1998, failed to pose much of a threat, though West Ham forward Marko Arnautovic did go close in the first half.

"It will depend on how far we go, how we're going to finish" at the finals, Messi told Spanish daily Sport.

On Sunday, those in a bitterly divided land may put their differences to one side and finally unite in order to get behind a team reimagined under Tite and with a genuine chance of going all the way in Russian Federation.

He would not confirm, however, that the same side would start Brazil's opening World Cup game against Switzerland on 17 June. It saw a seven-match winning streak, including victories over World Cup host Russian Federation and world champion Germany, come to an end.

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