What Neymar did for Brazil v Austria proves he's back to his best for the World Cup

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Brazil look as if they could be the team to beat in the upcoming World Cup in Russia.

Tite’s side faced an Austria team that were coming off the back of a 2-1 victory over Germany last week, a result which extended their unbeaten run to eight games.

But they were completely dismantled by Brazil in Vienna on Sunday as they succumbed to a heavy 3-0 defeat.

The Brazilians' broke the deadlock in the 36th minute as Gabriel Jesus struck home.

Neymar then doubled their lead in the 63rd minute with a lovely bit of skill, before Philippe Coutinho completed the rout six minutes later.

That means Brazil go into the tournament having been unbeaten in over a year, and will undoubtedly use that as confidence as they look to win their sixth World Cup title.


There were great concerns in Brazil as star player Neymar suffered an injury to his right foot in February, with many fearing he will not be in fit in time for the World Cup finals in Russia.

But he marked his return to football last week with a goal, and he showed another sensational bit of skill on Sunday as he netted against Austria.

Finding himself with acres of space on the left hand side of the box, Neymar picked up the ball with only one man in front of him.

And the 26-year-old made light work of his opponent as he outfoxed him without even touching the ball, with a few body feints sending the Austrian to the floor.

Neymar then found himself with just the goalkeeper to beat, and he cooly dispatched to double his side’s advantage.

Lovely stuff from Neymar.

And it looked even better in a video captured by a fan in the stands.

He is well and truly back to his best.

With Neymar’s injury problems behind him, Brazil will undoubtedly be a force to be reckoned with in Russia.

Fans watching around the world admired the skill that Neymar displayed for his goal.


Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler thinks that Brazil have that ‘formidable look’ about them heading into the finals.

“I keep ­coming back to Brazil because they have got that formidable look about them again," Fowler told the Mirror.

“The last World Cup, they had the genius in Neymar, but he was kicked out of the ­competition and what was left was a bunch of forwards who shouldn’t have been wearing the shirt.

“This time, they look different. They have got that work ethic you need to win anything. They have defenders who are nasty, horrible – they look quite ­old-school in just how uncompromising they can be. And they have that exciting individual brilliance in the final third.

“Neymar looked incredibly fit and fresh at Anfield. They have Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho, too, players who have come of age over the past year and now have a touch of arrogance and class about them.

“They have Firmino with his ­incredible work ethic to come in too.

“So, Brazil are back.”

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