Lowest-Ranked Teams At The 2018 World Cup

Lowest-Ranked Teams At The 2018 World Cup

Brazil concluded their European warm-up ahead of the 2018 World Cup by beating Austria 3-0, thanks to goals from Gabriel Jesus, Neymar and Philippe Coutinho.

On 63 minutes, the PSG attacker produced a moment of sheer fleet-footed, bamboozling Leicester defender Aleksandar Dragović and leaving him on his arse, before slotting past Heinz Lindner... After cruising to the semifinal of the 2014 World Cup, they were embarrassed on their home soil by Germany, falling 7-1 after the German side scored four goals in six minutes in the first half.

Brazil coach Tite defends decision to play Neymar for 84-minutes in 3-0 win over Austria ahead of Russian Federation 2018 Fifa World Cup.

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Manchester City striker Jesus also insisted Tite's side are ready for the tournament. The Brazilian squad will hold a public training on June 12. "When we spring him into action in the last third of the field, he is lethal".

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The Paris Saint-Germain star made his first start for Brazil since November as he continues his comeback from foot surgery and was on the end of several fouls he did not seem to appreciate.

"I don't know if I can say that this will be the team at the start of the World Cup", he told reporters.

And Neymar blossomed in the final half-hour - when Austria's tight defense opened up - showing off his individual skills and crowning his performance with a fine finish that further cracked Austria's resistance. Tite's all-star cast, spearheaded by Neymar, are likely to coast through the group but the second qualifying spot is very much up for grabs with Switzerland and Serbia evenly matched, while Costa Rica are not averse to causing an upset.

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