Neymar mocks Austria's 'UFC' tactics after Brazil win

Tanya Simon
June 12, 2018

Brazil play Switzerland next Sunday in their World Cup opener. Brazil, if not the favorite, is one of the two or three favorites to lift the World Cup trophy on July 15.

"You have to trust, you dream", he said.

Brazil attracted hordes of fans who gathered around the pitch where the team is practising. "Dreaming is not forbidden".

The goal tied Neymar with Brazilian legend Romario for third on the country's all-time goalscoring charts.

Gabriel Jesus should have been penalised for offside when he converted expertly nine minutes before half-time at Vienna's Ernst-Happel-Stadion, but the Manchester City striker's 10th goal in 17 worldwide appearances stood.

"Austria had quality and we knew it would not be easy".

Brazil had spent 10 days preparing at Tottenham's training ground and beat Croatia 2-0 in Liverpool last week before Sunday's victory.

Austria only half cleared and Marcelo's drive deflected to Jesus for the forward to curl in from an angle.

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Lindner was a spectator as Coutinho sent one of his speciality strikes thumping against the bar, while his underworked opposite number Alisson tipped behind from substitute Stefan Hierlander in the 81st minute - preserving a fifth consecutive worldwide clean sheet before Neymar departed late on to a warm ovation.

The Paris Saint-Germain star launched the flour before his strike partner Jesus cracked open an egg on Coutinho's head as he lay there helpless while his team-mates erupted with laughter.

"The game was important to us".

Brazil arrived in Russian Federation on Monday hungry to make amends for their World Cup humiliation in 2014 with Neymar apparently fighting fit, as Lionel Messi cast doubt over his worldwide future. It might give you a panic attack. "I always try to be prepared to play where the coach needs me and contribute in the best way possible".

"R9" has 62 goals on the internationals scene to his name, while Pele leads the way with 77.

He joked about Austria's rough approach.

"We got ready for the UFC today, but it was good", he added.

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