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Neymar returns with brilliant solo goal against Croatia

04 June 2018

Neymar marked his return from a knee injury in spectacular fashion as Brazil beat Croatia 2-0 in a pre-World Cup friendly at Anfield.

Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino then bagged a goal on his own home turf in injury time, to seal the victory.

Coutinho, who completed a £142m move to Barcelona in January, will line-up for Brazil in a World Cup warm-up friendly against Croatia.

The 26-year-old had surgery in Brazil amid fears he wouldn't be fit for the World Cup.

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Paris St Germain forward Neymar allayed fears a long injury layoff since hurting his ankle and metatarsal in late February would harm his chances of making an impact in Russian Federation with an impressive display from the bench in his first game back.

Ahead of Brazil's worldwide friendly set to be played against Croatia at Anfield on Sunday, Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish has urged fans not to act in a hostile manner towards former Red Philippe Coutinho.

Neymar is going to be just fine this summer.

The Brazilian received the ball from Philippe Coutinho, dribbled past Croatia defenders Sime Vrsaljko and Duje Caleta-Car and smashed the ball into the net from around five meters.

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Russian Federation 2018 will be Neymar's second World Cup finals.

The Selecao struggled for momentum in the opening 45 minutes, but that all changed when the Paris Saint-Germain forward came off the bench at half time to make his first appearance in three months.

Brazil instantly appeared more threatening, with the PSG man linking up quickly with Jesus.

Croatia can take solace from having the best of a combative first half that earned them bookings for Kramaric, shown yellow for a knee-high studs-up foul on Thiago Silva, and Ivan Perisic for hauling down Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus.

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Neymar returns with brilliant solo goal against Croatia