Neymar Gives Philippe Coutinho The Treatment As The Latter Turns 26

Brazil scored three superbly-taken goals, including a stunning Neymar effort, to beat feisty Austria 3-0 in sweltering conditions on Sunday and put the finishing touches to their impressive World Cup preparation.

On 63 minutes, the PSG attacker produced a moment of sheer fleet-footed, bamboozling Leicester defender Aleksandar Dragović and leaving him on his arse, before slotting past Heinz Lindner...

Gabriel Jesus gave Brazil the lead after 36 minutes with a slick finish from a tight angle, while Philippe Coutinho added a third 20 minutes from the end.

VIENNA-If anything summed up Brazil's new approach under coach Tite, it was his celebration of the fact that they committed only eight fouls in Sunday's 3-0 friendly win over Austria.

"If [Austria] opens up in defence, 'go for it, ' I told him at the break".

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Each time, Neymar remained sitting on the pitch and holding his left ankle with a painful face, though he eventually got up and didn't looked hampered during play.

Neymar completed 83 minutes before making way for Douglas Costa - a decision Tite explained was taken as a precaution against any potential muscular strains for his star man. Fernandinho dropping to the bench to accommodate Neymar and give Coutinho a central role was the only adjustment to the side that faced Croatia but Tite once again refuted suggestions his XI to take on Switzerland in Rostov is locked in. Several users shared the video on various social media platforms showing the members of the Selecao having a gala time ahead of the World Cup.

Without providing details of the injury, Tite said Fred's situation was "improving" but didn't hint whether the midfielder could be back for the team's World Cup opener. But Coutinho makes Brazil a more efficient team and certainly much more joyful to watch. Brazil will play their opening World Cup game against Switzerland who has been in good form of late.

The Selecao will now fly to Russia fresh from victories over Croatia, Austria, Russia and the defending world champions, Germany.

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