Brazil faced Croatia this afternoon for their first World Cup preparation game. The return of the Parisian player changed the game proceedings since the two teams were tied at half-time. Neymar scored a magnificent goal in the 69′ minute on a personal exploit: From the left of the box, the number 10 Parisian passed the Croatian defender Vrsaljko with a sidestep, before propelling a powerful shot that touches the bar before entering the net. His 54th goal in 83 selections. The Brazilians won 2-0 after a goal from Firmino (94′).
Thiago Silva had a good game as a starter. Marquinhos came in at the 65′ to replace Miranda.
After a little over three months of absence following a foot injury contracted during PSG – OM on February 25, the Brazilian star returned to top level football today. The overall level of the game was quite disappointing until Neymar’s opening goal.
Brazil is now reassuring about the level of its idol. Neymar and the Brazilians now have a game against Austria next Sunday, before traveling to Russia.