Brazil 2 Croatia 0: Neymar makes decisive return

Brazil 2 Croatia 0: Neymar makes decisive return

The PSG attacker had been sidelined since February 25, when he fractured a metatarsal and sprained his ankle in a Ligue 1 match against Marseille.

Those fears largely disappeared Sunday when Neymar returned to action with smart dribbling, fluent passing and an impressive individual goal, which he celebrated with his surgeon.

Fans should also be treated to the Anfield return of Philippe Coutinho, while a number of the game's leading lights are also set to take part.

Second-half goals from Neymar and Roberto Firmino guided Brazil to a 2-0 win over Croatia in a friendly global at Anfield on Sunday.

Neymar had injured his right foot playing for Paris Saint-Germain and underwent surgery in Brazil in early March.

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Selecao eventually sealed the win in second-half stoppage time as Roberto Firmino out-muscled his marker before lobbing the ball into the back of the net.

"Neymar? He'll start on the bench because he's still recovering, and will come on half-time because we're preparing as a team", Tite told reporters in Saturday's press conference.

"He will have to go through stages - he is going to have his ups and downs but by the third, fourth or fifth game he will be back to his level".

Brazil were far from at their best against a Croatia side that edged matters in the first half, but the return of Neymar will give them a boost with the World Cup kicking off on June 14.

Firmino struck in the dying seconds to cap a successful outing for Brazil, who face just one more friendly with Austria next Sunday before their World Cup opener against Switzerland on June 17.

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