Published: Wed, June 06, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Neymar makes spectacular return as Brazil beat Croatia 2-0

Neymar makes spectacular return as Brazil beat Croatia 2-0

The sublime strike leaves Neymar on 54 goals for his national team, one behind Romario, who is third on the country's all-time list, and with only Pele and Ronaldo ahead of him in the Brazil record books. When Neymar handed his jersey to Modric, the Real Madrid player told him directly: "We're waiting for you" prompting a little smile from the Brazilian.

"I'm very pleased for the way I played, first of all", he said.

"It is lovely to watch him play again, he is special, one of the best in the world", Modric said.

Speaking after the game, Jesus congratulated Roberto Firmino on his goal as well as his season with Liverpool.

It was a notable afternoon also for former Liverpool striker Coutinho, who made his first appearance at Anfield since his transfer to Barcelona in January, and received a smattering of boos from some of his old club's supporters.

That means they might be forced into selling some of their most valuable assets this summer, and Neymar could be one of them.

He joined Jesus and Willian in attack, with Coutinho dropping into the midfield place vacated by Fernandinho.

Until Neymar stepped onto the pitch it was Croatia who had the best opportunities in a match that seemed headed for a boring draw. Brazil won that game 3-1 with two goals from Neymar.

Defender Dejan Lovren had the best chance to open in a header that grazed Brazil goalkeeper Alisson's right post after a corner.

Monday will be a rest day for the team and Brazilian media claimed midfielder Fred will be traveling to Manchester for medical tests before signing a deal with Manchester United.

Brazil's World Cup opener is on June 17 against Switzerland.

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