Firmino tees one up as Brazil beat Austria


Brazil and Neymar arrived in the Black Sea resort of Sochi in the early hours in buoyant mood after hammering Austria 3-0 in their final warm-up match on Sunday. He also scored as a second-half substitute against Croatia a week ago.

World champions Germany, seeking to equal Brazil's record of five World Cup wins, will land in Russian Federation on Tuesday, along with Gareth Southgate's youthful England side.

Brazil took their frustrations out constructively and Neymar forced Dragovic to ground against his will, sitting centre-back down and coolly slotting home. In particular, Coutinho was singled out for praise as a "key piece" of Tite's team who "each time" appears "more intimate with his new position" that has been created for him with a view to the coach finding a way to accommodate both the Barcelona midfielder and the in-form, ever-reliable Willian of Chelsea.

Each time, Neymar remained sitting on the pitch and holding his left ankle with a painful face, though he eventually got up and didn't looked hampered during play.

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.

Under Tite, Brazil have regained the swagger that has been missing from recent World Cup squads. It also holds the record of the best overall performance in World Cup, with a record of 70 victories in 104 matches played.

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Yeah, pretty safe to say Neymar is ready for the World Cup ...

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

Neymar, who will hope to spearhead Brazil's bid for a sixth World Cup win, led the host of Selecao players, who appeared in an unerringly calm and upbeat mood ahead of what promises to be a scintillating tournament.

Tite's side take on Switzerland in their opening fixture on Sunday, before facing Costa Rica five days later, and then concluding their Group E outings against Serbia on June 27.

Austria failed to qualify for the World Cup.