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Neymar shines against Austria

Published:Monday | June 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Brazil's Neymar celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during a friendly match against Austria at the Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna, Austria yesterday.

VIENNA, Austria (AP):

Neymar Jr scored his second goal in two matches yesterday, since returning from injury, netting with a superb second-half strike as Brazil defeated Austria 3-0 in its final warm-up game ahead of the FIFA World Cup.

Set up by Willian in the 63rd minute, Neymar wrong-footed Austria defender Aleksandar Dragovic with a quick move and converted through the legs of goalkeeper Heinz Lindner for Brazil's second goal.

Neymar celebrated by pulling his shirt back over his head and making the 'V' sign with both hands.

Gabriel Jesus gave Brazil the lead after 36 minutes with a slick finish from a tight angle. He was unmarked on the left side of the area when Marcelo's deflected shot came his way and he curled the ball past Lindner before it hit the far post and went in. Philippe Coutinho added a third after being sent deep by Roberto Firmino 20 minutes from the end.

A week before Brazil's World Cup opener against Switzerland, Neymar started for the first time since recovering from fracturing his right foot which kept him out for three months. He stayed on for almost the entire game, being replaced in the 84th by Douglas Costa.

"I don't know the limit of Neymar," Brazil coach Tite said through an interpreter when asked if his main striker was back at full strength. "'If (Austria) opens up in defence, go for it,' I told him, at the break. In the end I thought it might be getting too much for him, so I took him off."

A week ago, Neymar came on for the second half against Croatia in Liverpool and had an immediate impact, as he opened the scoring after dribbling past two opponents to help Brazil win 2-0.