Neymar scores in return; Brazil tops Croatia

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

Neymar will have a chance to get more minutes in a friendly against Germany's recent conquerors Austria, before Brazil open their World Cup campaign against Switzerland on June 17.

Brazil's striker Neymar (R) vies with Croatia's defender Sime Vrsaljko (L) and Croatia's midfielder Mateo Kovacic (C) in the build up to scoring the opening goal of the global friendly football match between Brazil and Croatia at Anfield in Liverpool on June 3, 2018.

Neymar scored a superb individual goal just 24 minutes into his comeback from a metatarsal injury for Brazil against Croatia at Anfield on Sunday.

Brazil, in their first visit to Merseyside since 1995, started on the front foot but nearly fell behind 14 minutes in when Liverpool's Dejan Lovren headed a corner inches wide.

Playing for the first time since February, Neymar scored the opener in Brazil's 2-0 friendly win against Croatia in Liverpool.

Neymar, who withstood a few challenges in the game, received the ball from Philippe Coutinho in the 68th and dribbled past Croatia defenders Sime Vrsaljko and Duje Caleta-Car.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward injected pace and drive to the Brazilian frontline when he came off the bench at half time, marking his display with a stunning opening goal, jinking pass two defenders before lashing a finish high into the net.

He formed part of a potent three-man forward line that also featured Chelsea's Willian and Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus, who was named captain for the day, the 15th player to wear the armband under the reign of manager Tite.

Coutinho switched to a more orthodox midfield role after the introduction of Neymar, on the left, at the break and Firmino played the last half hour in the middle after replacing Jesus.

Neymar said he was 80 percent at his best for the Croatia game.

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