Neymar shines for Brazil

Ross Houston
June 12, 2018

Before that magnificent effort, Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus had put Brazil 1-0 up, via a fine effort from inside the box.

Injury also ruled Neymar out of Brazil's 7-1 humiliation on home soil against Germany in the 2014 World Cup semi-final but he believes Tite's current crop should make no secret of their bold ambitions in Russian Federation.

Here, we take a look at Group E which boasts favourites Brazil.

The individual talent is there as always but the team are better balanced than their unloved recent predecessors.


Below, in a friendly against Germany, Joachim Low's team pressed Brazil high up the pitch in an attempt to force a mistake by the defenders during build-up.

Against Austria, he had no attempt on goal in the opening hour but went down three times following rough challenges by the home side.

Tite's squad is brimming with world class talent, and in Neymar, they possess a player capable of pure magic.

"You can talk, you're Brazilian and you can dream; we're dreaming more and more". Silva's PSG colleague Marquinhos would be forgiven if he feels gutted: he played the majority of the games under Tite as the Brazilians kept 16 clean sheets in 21 occasions.


Second place, however, is up for grabs with Serbia looking the most likely, especially given they may benefit from the fact they are likely to face a Brazil team already through after the first two rounds of matches.

Speculation increased after the Liverpool man had a strong game against Croatia at Anfield, a match in which Jesus struggled.

The most extreme examples were the Confederations Cup final against Spain in 2013 when Brazil battered their opponents with 26 fouls and the infamous World Cup quarter-final against Colombia in 2014, where they gave away 31 free kicks. We managed to play, involve their team and make another big game.

Brazil's Neymar, who broke a bone in his foot in February, marked his first start in more than three months by scoring in Sunday's easy victory in Vienna while Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho also netted.


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