Brazil vs. Croatia - Football Match Report

FIFA World Cup Friendly Neymar Fitness In The Spotlight As Brazil Face Croatia

Croatia responded as a Luka Modric corner was headed wide by Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren, and threatened again moments later as Andrej Kramaric, booked for an earlier challenge, forced keeper Alisson into action.

After being introduced as a half-time substitute during Brazil's 2-0 friendly win over Croatia at Anfield, Neymar ran at right back Sime Vrsaljko before, cutting inside and belting the ball into the net via the crossbar.

Only three months ago, Brazil striker Neymar was on an operating table and in danger of missing the World Cup in Russian Federation.

Croatia's hard pressing had frustrated Brazil in the first 45 minutes.

Zinedine Zidane took the correct decision to leave Real Madrid Fabio Capello
He said the club can "take a lot out of you" even when you have been successful like Zidane. I am happy at Tottenham because they let me work and we are growing together.

The press successful negated much of Brazil's play in the first half with usually marauding left-back Marcelo stuck playing long balls at times to switch the play out to Willian.

But the 26-year-old striker has made a strong recovery and handed Brazil a pre-World Cup boost when he came off the bench to replace Fernandinho for the second half at Anfield.

The most expensive player in the world has been sidelined since February 25.

"He will come on in the second half because it's a preparation game for us, for the whole team".

Spain Defender Carvajal Likely to Miss World Cup
You go to a final to win it, and if you don't you feel like you failed. It's either the collarbone or the shoulder. I still hope it's not like this.

For all their impressive high-pressing play, Croatia left their travelling fans wanting more in terms of their attacking outlet.

It was the Croatians, limbering up for a tough group involving Argentina, Nigeria and Iceland, who threatened first but an Ante Rebic chance was snuffed out by Thiago Silva.

Brazil coach Tite said Neymar's return was "above the expected standard".

Brazil, in their first visit to Merseyside since 1995, started on the front foot but nearly fell behind 14 minutes in when Liverpool's Dejan Lovren headed a corner inches wide.

Zinedine Zidane resigns as Real Madrid manager
The man who coached Real Madrid to a third consecutive Champions League title has quit after two years in charge. In his two-and-a-half years stint at the Madrid club, Zidane ended up winning nine trophies with the team.

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