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Neymar on target again as Brazil beat Austria

AFP  |  Vienna 

marked his return to the starting line-up with another brilliant goal as eased to a 3-0 win over here today in their final friendly ahead of

and netted either side of Neymar's strike at the Ernst Happel Stadion, as the world's most confirmed his return to fitness following a three months ago.

It was an encouraging way for Tite's side to complete their preparations before their departure for their base in the resort city of

The Brazilians were due to arrive there in the early hours tomorrow, ahead of their opening game at the tournament against next Sunday.

Neymar's goal was his 55th in a shirt, allowing him to draw level with on his country's list of all-time leading scorers -- only the great Pele and Ronaldo have scored more goals for than the Paris Saint-Germain superstar.

The 26-year-old had come off the bench to score in last weekend's 2-0 win over in Liverpool, his first appearance since suffering a foot fracture playing for PSG in February and then returning to his homeland for

He played 84 minutes in the Austrian capital after replacing in the starting line-up, surviving a couple of bruising challenges from Austria's Watford defender Sebastian Proedl, who was booked in the second half.

Brazil, wearing black armbands in tribute to the country's legend who died on Friday aged 78, had chances to go in front before Jesus opened the scoring in the 36th minute.

Marcelo's long-range shot was blocked, but the ball fell to Jesus inside the area and the Manchester City striker took a touch before finishing beautifully past in the Austrian goal.

Jesus is Brazil's leading scorer under Tite's management, ahead of Neymar, who got his name on the scoresheet in the 63rd minute.

It was a quite superb effort, the former man controlling Willian's chipped pass on his thigh just inside the box and then leaving Austrian defender on the floor with some delightful footwork before rolling the ball home.

Tempers had flared just before that with the Brazilians taking exception to tasty tackles on and Coutinho.

But their class told in the end as Neymar's goal was followed by a fine effort from Coutinho, who later also hit the bar from long range.

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First Published: Sun, June 10 2018. 22:05 IST
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