Alisson focused on Brazil’s World Cup quest as transfer talk rumbles

Neymar produced some stunning footwork before sliding the ball home

Neymar produced some stunning footwork before sliding the ball home

Brazil, one of the contenders for the crown will look to do their last-minute adjustments and get things in order before Russian Federation 2018. In Russia, they have the chance to turn it all around. In defense, presence of leaders like Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marcelo makes them a compact team. Indeed, Zidane is the only player - along with Cameroon's Rigobert Song - to have been red-carded twice at a World Cup. Austria presented a similar challenge and indeed they showed that Coutinho's presence could leave them more vulnerable to counter-attacks.

It was also the first time the quartet of Neymar, Jesus, Coutinho and Willian had started a game together.

An open start saw Casemiro fire wide after eight minutes and 10 minutes later Neymar tested Heinz Lindner, shooting straight at the goalkeeper from 25 yards.

Forwards: Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Firmino (Liverpool), Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk), Douglas Costa (Juventus).

Allison is Brazil's keeper for the tournament barring an injury or uncharacteristically poor play. Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho bagged the other goals. Neymar would go on to shine at the 2014 World Cup, but he had to be stretchered off the pitch after a horror tackle by Colombia's Juan Zuniga in the quarterfinals left him with a fractured vertebra in his spine.

The current squad indeed has shades of previous champions in their ranks. All of the skill possessed by different players in Europe is in this Brazil line-up.

The Barcelona legend is another glorious playmaker to have graced the World Cup and to have scored a decisive goal in a final.

If there were any complaints with previous Brazil sides, this one may have the same too. Attack is the best form of defence, according to them, as long as they are scoring more goals than their opponents. Having first featured at a World Cup in 1982, he bowed out of the tournament in 1994 following a failed drugs test in the United States.

Loew, assistant coach to Juergen Klinsmann during Germany's "summer fairytale" hosting of the 2006 World Cup, was promoted to the top job after its third-place finish.

They go into both the clash and the tournament as the favourites.

The Swiss, who threatened to force Portugal down the play-off route in qualifying, beat eventual champions Spain at the 2010 edition and took Argentina to extra time in the last 16 in Brazil but have yet to properly exceed expectations on the big stage. Between the World Cup, Copa America, Confederations Cup, and the Olympics, Brazil has the second most total championships of all South American teams in these events with 17.

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