Neymar scores as Brazil thrash Austria in pre World Cup friendly

Neymar scores as Brazil thrash Austria in pre World Cup friendly

Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar scored for the second straight game as Brazil cruised to a 3-0 win over Austria in their final World Cup warm-up clash.

Before that magnificent effort, Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus had put Brazil 1-0 up, via a fine effort from inside the box.

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

Skip forward to Tuesday, just two days before the World Cup begins and five days before Brazil's opener against Switzerland, and Neymar was the picture of happiness, content with harbouring the responsibility of a football-obsessed nation.

Today, Brazil ace Coutinho - who secured a stunning £142m move to Barcelona back in January - is celebrating his 26th birthday.

With less than a week to go until the start of the World Cup, anticipation is starting to reach fever pitch.

Neymar scores as Brazil thrash Austria in pre World Cup friendly

"If [Austria] opens up in defence, 'go for it, ' I told him at the break".

The first scare came in the third minute following a late tackle from behind by midfielder Alessandro Schoepf.

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

Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan warned France that a new, improved Australia team are plotting an early World Cup shock when the sides meet in Kazan on Saturday. "The match (against Austria) and the performance will decide that". 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.

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.

Austria failed to qualify for the World Cup.

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