Neymar back with a bang as Brazil sink Croatia

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Roberto Firmino scored Brazil's second goal in the 90th minute.

The five-times world champions have one more friendly before the tournament, against Austria in Vienna on June 10.

Neymar became the world's most expensive footballer when he signed from Barcelona for 222 million euros ($264 million) last August and he is expected to start in the opening Group E game against Switzerland on June 17 even if he is short of full match fitness.

Neymar had incurred a fracture on his foot while playing for club Paris-Saint Germain in Ligue 1 on February 25 in the match against Marseille.

Peru captain Paolo Guerrero celebrated his reprieve from a doping ban by scoring twice in a 3-0 victory over Saudi Arabia days after being given the all-clear to play in his side's first World Cup since 1982.

Ahead of Brazil's global friendly set to be played against Croatia at Anfield on Sunday, Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish has urged fans not to act in a hostile manner towards former Red Philippe Coutinho.

Brazil's striker Roberto Firmino (R) celebrates with Brazil's striker Neymar after scoring their second goal during the global friendly football match between Brazil and Croatia at Anfield in Liverpool on 3 June 2018.

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Neymar had spoken last month of his concerns about winning that race and described his rehabilitation as the biggest challenge of his career.

Tite said Neymar must be "a protagonist" for his country but added that the others players must also step up.

Russian Federation 2018 will be Neymar's second World Cup finals.

They had needed goalkeeper Alisson to get down well to keep out a drive from Andrej Kramaric after Miranda gave the ball away.

Neymar was named on the bench by head coach Tite, while Chelsea star Willian lined up in the attack alongside Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho.

Brazil instantly appeared more threatening, with the PSG man linking up quickly with Jesus.

Until Neymar stepped onto the pitch it was Croatia which had the best opportunities in a match that seemed headed for a tiresome draw.

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