Neymar shows his magic against Austria

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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.

Selecao eventually broke the deadlock with 10 minutes remaining in the first-half, with Gabriel Jesus slotting into the far corner from a tight angle.

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"You have to trust, you dream", Neymar told reporters.

Brazil striker Neymar moved equal with one of his country's all-time greats in an ominous pre-World Cup performance against Austria.

Drawn in Group E, Brazil, who are second behind defending world champions Germany in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings, begin their campaign against Switzerland next Sunday, June 17, before also taking on Costa Rica and Serbia. It was his 55th goal for Brazil, pulling him level with Romaria for the third-most in Selecao history.

Those who like statistics are already salivating: Unless there is an injury, Thiago Silva is set to start the World Cup alongside Miranda in the heart of defence.

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The skill that Neymar showed before slotting past Lindner for 2-0 was staggering, and his strike saw him move joint-level with Romario on 55 worldwide goals, before leaving the field to a standing ovation in the 84th minute.

Austria have not been present in the finals of a World Cup since the 1998 competition, and they failed to make it out of the group stages in France.

"You can talk, you're Brazilian and you can dream; we're dreaming more and more". Imagine watching that goal as a Switzerland, Costa Rica or Serbia player.

The Brazilians' broke the deadlock in the 36th minute as Gabriel Jesus struck home. Austria presented a similar challenge and indeed they showed that Coutinho's presence could leave them more vulnerable to counter-attacks.

Coming off the back of an encouraging 2-1 win over holders Germany in the previous fixture, the hosts tried to put up another fight, but after a positive start, were completely blown out of water by a belligerent Seleccao.

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