Brazil vs. Croatia - Football Match Report


Having not played since February there was a world of expectation on Neymar when he came off the bench at half-time of his country's friendly against Croatia at Anfield.

Brazil are among the favourites to lift the World Cup, just which individual will have the honour of hoisting football's most coveted trophy should they go all the way though is uncertain.

Neymar was greeted by warm applause from the mostly neutral Merseyside crowd as he replaced Fernandinho at the start of the second half.

"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". "Then he will have his normal standard", Tite said.

Croatia: Subasic (6,5), Vrsaljko (6,5), Corluka (6), Lovren (6,5), Vida (6,5), Rakitic (6), Badelj (6,5) Modric (7), Perisic (5,5), Rebic (6,5) and Kramaric (6).

"I've watched him play against Roma, he has tons of virtues and qualities, he might come on at any given moment".

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino scored Brazil's second goal in the 90th.

The Brazilian made it look like he wasn't coming back from a three-month injury.

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"When I saw the ball hit the net I only thought of those that helped me, Dr Lasmar, my family, friends". "I respect Tite's opinion (in starting with Jesus) 100 per cent", Firmino said. "Not as much as a wide player, he's better though the middle".

There was also a start for former Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho, making his return to Anfield for the first time since his high profile departure to Barcelona at the start of the year.

Until Neymar stepped onto the pitch it was Croatia who had the best opportunities in a match that seemed headed for a tiresome draw.

Brazil: Alisson (7), Danilo (6,5), Marcelo (7), Thiago Silva (7), Miranda (7), Casemiro (8), Fernandinho (6), Willian (7,5), Coutinho (7) and Jesus (6,5).

They will play their last friendly against Austria in Vienna on June 10, before flying off to Russian Federation for the World Cup that kicks off from June 14.

Monday will be a rest day for the team and Brazilian media claimed midfielder Fred will be travelling to Manchester for medical tests before signing a deal with Manchester United. "If I were the manager there, I would try to sign him too".

The confidence with which he executed the whole move showed why he's the world's most expensive player and would've put wind in Brazil's sails ahead of their opening World Cup match with Switzerland in Rostov-on-Don on June 17.