Brazil set to put dour World Cup performances behind them

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Neymar is back and bamboozling defenders just in time for the World Cup (Video)

Gabriel Jesus, Neymar and Philippe Coutinho scored as Brazil swept aside Austria 3-0 in their final World Cup warm-up game in Vienna.

When it was announced that Manuel Neuer fractured his foot in September of past year, many feared that the German captain wouldn't have enough time to recover and make it to the German squad for the World Cup. The PSG talisman was at his brilliant best as he toyed around with defenders before scoring the second goal for Brazil after Gabriel Jesus scored the opener.

Marko Arnautovic gave Brazil a couple of early frights before the South Americans went ahead in the 36th minute, Jesus scoring with a delightful dinked effort from a hard angle for his 10th goal in 17 internationals.

For manager Tite it was the flawless way to prepare his team for Russian Federation and he will be eagerly awaiting Brazil's opening World Cup match with Switzerland which takes place next Sunday (June 17).

Marcelo's long-range shot was blocked, but the ball fell to Jesus inside the area and the Manchester City striker took a touch before finishing beautifully past Heinz Lindner in the Austrian goal.

Brazil have plenty of attacking talent along with Neymar.

"If [Austria] opens up in defence, 'go for it, ' I told him at the break". Shortly after, the team flew to Sochi, its base for the tournament, as those back in their homeland reacted to a win which impressed and boosted expectations of winning an unprecedented sixth world title.

The first scare came in the third minute following a late tackle from behind by midfielder Alessandro Schoepf.

Each time, Neymar remained sitting on the pitch and holding his left ankle with a painful face, though he eventually got up and didn't looked hampered during play.

But Neuer made a swift recovery after a few setbacks and Löw included him in the squad for the World Cup.

But how far does Jose Mourinho, one of world football's most revered football managers, think England will go this summer? Imagine watching that goal as a Switzerland, Costa Rica or Serbia player.

The image below provides an overview of the 2018 FIFA World Cup prediction by Goldman Sachs.

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