How to watch Austria vs. Brazil, friendly

Ruben Hill
June 12, 2018

They left the Austrian capital on Sunday evening after beating their hosts 3-0 in their final friendly ahead of the World Cup, with Neymar among the scorers.

Neymar is now joint third top-scorer for his country with only the legendary Ronaldo and the great Pele ahead of him in the illustrious list.

Four minutes later Lindner gathered Philippe Coutinho's drive and Austria survived again after a mix-up between Sebastian Prodl and Lindner nearly let Jesus in. "We played another game and we proved to ourselves that we are ready for the World Cup".

"The concentration and competitiveness of the team was laudable", Brazil coach Tite told reporters.

Brazil will travel from Vienna to its World Cup base in Sochi, though it won't play any of its group matches near the Black Sea resort.

Brazil begin their World Cup campaign against Switzerland in seven days, safe in the knowledge that star man Neymar, who lasted 84 minutes, and his esteemed supporting cast are in fine order.

Barcelona midfielder Coutinho added the third goal shortly afterwards.

Under Tite, Brazil have regained the swagger that has been missing from recent World Cup squads.

Coutinho linked up with former team-mate Firmino for his goal.

Neymar made it two just past the hour mark as he latched onto Willian's chipped pass before sitting Aleksandar Dragovic down with an impudent piece of skill and sidefooting home.

After a quiet opening, Austria should have taken the lead on 22 minutes but West Ham United's Marko Arnautovic somehow failed to hit the target from 10 yards out.

Coutinho nearly got his second and Brazil's fourth in the 73rd minute but his curling strike from distance rattled the upright with Linder well beaten. Austria needed their goalkeeper Lindner to keep out drives from Neymar and Philippe Coutinho in the first 25 minutes, but they were more than holding their own against the Brazilians.

Tite's side faced an Austria team that were coming off the back of a 2-1 victory over Germany last week, a result which extended their unbeaten run to eight games.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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