What Neymar Did To Austrian Defender Should Be Illegal

Ruben Hill
June 13, 2018

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.

In a friendly against Austria, Neymar started and scored Brazil's second goal, leaving a defender on his behind with a lovely move before nutmegging the goalkeeper.

Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho were also on target seven days out from the Seleção's World Cup opener against Switzerland.

Gabriel Jesus gave Brazil the lead after 36 minutes with a slick finish from a tight angle.

Brazil are back! And boy can they play.

Six minutes later, substitute Roberto Firmino set Coutinho clear down the left and he curled his shot wide of Lindner in for the third.

Tite's side go into the tournament off the back of warm-up wins over Croatia and Austria. Similar fouls were committed by Florian Grillitsch in the 35th and Sebatian Proedl in the 53rd.

Russian Federation was a disputed choice when it was handed the World Cup in a closely watched 2010 vote that has since been tainted by bribery charges, and the 2018 tournament takes place against a background of global tensions. They were filmed at the team's World Cup training base in Sochi, rushing to cover him in eggs and flour before soaking him with water. Fred underwent further examinations in Vienna this weekend. Tite's all-star cast, spearheaded by Neymar, are likely to coast through the group but the second qualifying spot is very much up for grabs with Switzerland and Serbia evenly matched, while Costa Rica are not averse to causing an upset.

Apart from holding five championship titles, Brazil is also the world's only national squad to reach the final phase of every FIFA World Cup.

The image below provides an overview of the 2018 FIFA World Cup prediction by Goldman Sachs. It saw a seven-match winning streak, including victories over World Cup host Russian Federation and world champion Germany, come to an end.

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