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What Neymar Did To Austrian Defender Should Be Illegal

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Kristopher Love | 13 June, 2018, 03:32

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

The South American nation unleashed their full attacking might against Austria on Sunday as the feared quartet of Neymar, Willian, Philippe Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus start together for the first time.

Gabriel Jesus gave Brazil the lead after 36 minutes with a slick finish from a tight angle, while Philippe Coutinho added a third 20 minutes from the end.

World champions Germany, seeking to equal Brazil's record of five World Cup wins, will land in Russian Federation on Tuesday, along with Gareth Southgate's youthful England side.

An open start saw Casemiro fire wide after eight minutes and 10 minutes later Neymar tested Heinz Lindner, shooting straight at the goalkeeper from 25 yards.

Against Austria, he had no attempt on goal in the opening hour but went down three times following rough challenges by the home side.

Austria, who failed to qualify for Russian Federation and have not competed at a World Cup since 1998, failed to pose much of a threat, though West Ham forward Marko Arnautovic did go close in the first half.

Under Tite, Brazil have regained the swagger that has been missing from recent World Cup squads. "When we spring him into action in the last third of the field, he is lethal".

However, Tite had midfielder Fred left off the team after he hurt his right ankle in training on Thursday. 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.

Owen believes that Brazil, whose 2014 World Cup ended in such disappointment, will bounce back and lift their first trophy since 2002. Imagine watching that goal as a Switzerland, Costa Rica or Serbia player. So, heading into the 2018 World Cup, here are the lowest-ranked sides set to feature in the competition.