Neymar can fire Brazil to redemption backed up by all-star supporting cast


Goldman Sachs Group Inc. reckons Brazil will win its sixth World Cup, basing its forecast on data mining, machine learning and econometrics. "Dreaming is not forbidden". "Sixty percent of our goals are scored in the second half".

Brazil arrived in Russian Federation on Monday hungry to make amends for their World Cup humiliation in 2014 with Neymar apparently fighting fit.

At his age, Neymar has plenty of time to beat Pele's tally and become the country's greatest global goalscorer. But fears of a right-back crisis seem to have been subdued after Danilo's solid performances against Croatia and Austria.

In his blog on UOL Esporte, respected journalist Paulo Vinicius Coelho, known as PVC, noted how Brazil had "transformed a hard game into an easy [one]" by beating an Austria side that had won its last seven fixtures. We managed to play, involve their team and make another big game.

Jesus opened the scoring in the 36th-minute but appeared to be in an offside position when he swept the ball home from close range.

Neymar struck just after the hour as he sensationally bamboozled the Austria defence to score and Coutinho wrapped the victory up minutes later.

Manchester City's precocious striker is likely to get the nod, despite his injury-interrupted campaign for the Premier League champions, and with a record of nine goals in 16 appearances the 21-year-old has proved he belongs at this level already.

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"The game was important to us".

Recall that Mourinho last week tipped Gernot Rohr's men to finish second in Group D behind Argentina and face France in the second round, a repeat of their 2014 World Cup fixture at Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasília.

Coutinho when then hit the crossbar while Firmino nearly got on the scoresheet as the game ended in a deserved 3-0 win to the visitors. It might give you a panic attack.

Brazil also face Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E in Russian Federation as they look to hit back from their shock 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany on home soil four years ago.

"R9" has 62 goals on the internationals scene to his name, while Pele leads the way with 77.

He joked about Austria's rough approach. "Today was another example that, mentally, we are maturing".