Brazil set to put dour World Cup performances behind them

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In Vienna yesterday afternoon, Brazil completed preparations for the World Cup with a resounding 3-0 victory over a physical Austria and goals from its leading attacking trident in Gabriel Jesus, Neymar and Philippe Coutinho.

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.

Since recovering from the broken metatarsal injury suffered with PSG in February this year, Neymar has scored in consecutive fixtures upon his return.

The Paris St Germain forward scored his 55th global goal to go level with Romario and sit joint-third in Brazil's all-time scoring charts during their impressive victory.

Gabriel Jesus gave Brazil the lead after 36 minutes with a slick finish from a tight angle.

Brazil is five days away from its opening World Cup match against Switzerland, but there doesn't appear to be any pre-tournament nerves at training.

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The Selecao will be favourites to progress and with Neymar back fit and firing will believe anything is possible.

"I wanted to pay homage to him in some way because he is an idol. When we spring him into action in the last third of the field, he is lethal".

Russian Federation was a disputed choice when it was handed the World Cup in a closely watched 2010 vote that has since been tainted by bribery charges, and the 2018 tournament takes place against a background of global tensions.

Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan warned France that a new, improved Australia team are plotting an early World Cup shock when the sides meet in Kazan on Saturday.

Goldman Sachs has predicted that Brazil will win the 2018 FIFA World Cup, based on its data mining, machine learning, and econometrics systems. Imagine watching that goal as a Switzerland, Costa Rica or Serbia player.

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