Neymar goal caps impressive Brazil win over feisty Austria

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Neymar goal caps impressive Brazil win over feisty Austria

Jesus got the ball rolling with Brazil's opening goal.

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.

Argentina lost the 2014 World Cup final 1-0 to Germany after extra time, before suffering successive defeats by Chile on penalties at the Copa America in 2015 and 2016. It also holds the record of the best overall performance in World Cup, with a record of 70 victories in 104 matches played.

Neymar, who will hope to spearhead Brazil's bid for a sixth World Cup win, led the host of Selecao players, who appeared in an unerringly calm and upbeat mood ahead of what promises to be a scintillating tournament. They have scored 47 goals, conceded five and kept 16 clean sheets.

Second place, however, is up for grabs with Serbia looking the most likely, especially given they may benefit from the fact they are likely to face a Brazil team already through after the first two rounds of matches.

Brazil arrived in Russian Federation yesterday as they make their final preparations ahead of their opening World Cup match against Switzerland on Sunday.

The foursome, starting together for the first time, worked superbly in hard conditions on Sunday to break down an Austria side which had beaten Germany only one week earlier.

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

The Paris Saint-Germain star has enjoyed a seamless return to football after three months out with a broken foot, which he suffered in action for PSG back in February.

Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho were also on target seven days out from the Seleção's World Cup opener against Switzerland. "His technical and creative ability is unbelievable".

The first scare came in the third minute following a late tackle from behind by midfielder Alessandro Schoepf.

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