How Brazil are playing to their strengths with attacking setup

Philippe Coutinho

It led Austria 3-0 late in its last warmup friendly. Although one would surely think that Neymar would trade all his goals for the World Cup winner's medals his aforementioned cohorts collected during their sparkling careers.

Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho also netted in a comfortable victory ahead of Brazil's opening World Cup game against Switzerland on Sunday.

Brazil is still shaking off the embarrassment of losing to Germany 7-1 in its home World Cup. They were filmed at the team's World Cup training base in Sochi, rushing to cover him in eggs and flour before soaking him with water. With the likes of Renato Augusto and Douglas Costa available to help provide pace and technical ability, Brazil's midfield will be effective.

Brazil would still have a great shot at progressing far in the tournament without Neymar, but they'll need him to be at his best to win the whole thing.

After playing Switzerland in Rostov-on-Don on June 17, it faces Costa Rica in St. Petersburg five days later, before wrapping up its Group E campaign against Serbia on June 27 in Moscow.

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

Coutinho said: "The game was important to us".

"We got ready for the UFC, but it was good", he added.

"Spain and Germany I also like, but Brazil would be my idea of the strongest team".

Philippe Coutinho
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A lot of Liverpool fans probably wish they'd have been there to see this.

"But mainly I am happy here with the national team, living a boyhood dream and working very hard to win the World Cup".

The forward was pelted with eggs and flower as he sat on the grass during training.

The FIFA International Friendly between FIFA Friendly between France vs U.S. match starts at 07:30 AM IST (On Sunday). Their only major competition in this group will be Costa Rica, a team that has won five of the last seven Central American championships and sports a decent 10-4-12 record against South American teams since 2010.

"He still feels pain. this type of injury needs a recovery period of three weeks before going back to the field", he said.

While the favourites limber up, host nation Russian Federation are under high pressure as they prepare to open the tournament against Saudi Arabia at the impressive 80,000-capacity Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow (kick-off 5pm SA time).

Neymar netted a goal in the Anfield victory seven days ago and is looking to prove his fitness to worldwide head coach Tite ahead of the tournament.

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