With the Football World Cup in Russia set to commence in a few days’ time, the Brazilian team went about displaying their classic touch to the world against Austria. In the international friendly played by both sides on Sunday, the Austrians were outclassed by their opponents and lost the game 3-0. Brazilian ace Neymar scored a flamboyant goal, equalling Brazilian striker of yesteryear Romario’s tally of 55 international goals, by threading his shot between Austrian goalkeeper Lindner’s legs.
The first goal from Brazil came via Gabriel Jesus in the 36th minute, as Brazil seemed to be taking their time assessing the strength of the Austrian defense before making their move. The Austrians, however, would not go down without a fight, with Marko Arnautovic making a couple of attempts on goal early in the first half, without any luck. Philippe Coutinho completed the Brazilian trio of goals in the 69th minute, giving his team the unassailable edge they would see through to the final whistle.
The game was not without incident or concern for Neymar’s fragile condition, having been mostly inactive since February of this year. He substituted off the field in the closing minutes of the game after being the victim of a rough challenge by Aleksandar Dragovic. Coach Tite did indicate that he was unsure if the starting lineup of Neymar, Coutinho, Willian and Jesus would be repeated in their World Cup opening match against Switzerland on the 17th of June. Whatever the case may be, spectators are drawn by the style of Neymar, and his fans wish him all the best for the upcoming competition, as well as the best of health to possibly see his side through for their sixth World Cup win.