Neymar scores stunning goal for Brazil on return from injury

Toby Graves
June 4, 2018

Brazil coach Tite hailed the match-winning return of Neymar on Sunday, but insisted his side are more than a one-man team as they go in search of a sixth World Cup title.

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 most expensive player in the world has been sidelined since February 25.

Neymar swapped shirts with Luka Modric after Brazil's win over Croatia.

Croatia's hard pressing had frustrated Brazil in the first 45 minutes.

Dropping in line with his centre-backs at times, the 30-year-old was found picking up the back from the back before pushing it forward with his passing range.

For all their impressive high-pressing play, Croatia left their travelling fans wanting more in terms of their attacking outlet.

Andrej Kramaric caught Thiago Silva with a careless high foot and nearly capitalised on the centre-back's struggle to shake off the knock, robbing him of possession before shooting straight at Alisson.

But after the break, the Croatians began to defend deeper and allowed Brazil the space to begin to express themselves - a situation Neymar exploited to the full.

Thiago Silva and Miranda had an easy enough game, clearing balls from the box, with just Kramaric in the middle.

Tite's announcement came as no surprise, as Neymar has been training with his Brazilian team-mates in preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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

The former world champions beat Croatia at Anfield in Liverpool.

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