Neymar's return from injury 'better than I expected' - Brazil boss Tite

Neymar's return from injury 'better than I expected' - Brazil boss Tite

Neymar's return from injury 'better than I expected' - Brazil boss Tite

Roberto Firmino added a second in stoppage time to satisfy the home fans on Merseyside.

After being introduced as a half-time substitute during Brazil's 2-0 friendly win over Croatia at Anfield, Neymar ran at right back Sime Vrsaljko before, cutting inside and belting the ball into the net via the crossbar.

Wearing the number 10 shirt, made famous by Pele, Neymar's popularity soared after he led Brazil to their first Olympic gold medal win in Rio in 2014.

The Paris St Germain star produced a stunning individual effort in the 68th minute of his first outing since he fractured his metatarsal playing for Paris St Germain in February. 'I need to lose that fear as quickly as possible to arrive at the World Cup at my best'.

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Tite said there was no doubt that Neymar gives them something extra but said that needed to be kept in perspective.

Brazil coach Tite brought on Neymar for Fernandinho at the break as he stepped up his recovery from a foot injury.

Brazil captain and No. 9 Gabriel Jesus was not as impressive in the first half of the match, and was replaced by Firmino after an hour.

Coutinho also tried to leave Liverpool for Barcelona last summer, but the Reds held on to him for a further six months.

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Ahead of Croatia friendly, Tite was asked Neymar's anticipated return.

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.

Croatia's biggest chance came in the first half from a corner as Dejan Lovren's header spun just wide of the left post.

They will open their 2018 World Cup campaign against Nigeria on June 16 in Group D.

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