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Neymar made a stunning return to competitive football for Brazil in their friendly with Croatia at Anfield on Sunday, scoring a memorable goal just 98 days after suffering an injury he feared would keep him out of the upcoming World Cup in Russian Federation.

Roberto Firmino added a second in stoppage time to satisfy the home fans on Merseyside.

Brazil, who became the first team to qualify for the World Cup in March, face Austria next Sunday before starting their Group E campaign against Switzerland on 17 June.

He quickly made his mark and raised the hopes of Brazilian fans for the World Cup, which starts June 14.

Those fears largely disappeared Sunday when Neymar returned to action with smart dribbling, fluent passing and an impressive individual goal, which he celebrated with his surgeon.

The Selecao struggled for momentum in the opening 45 minutes, but that all changed when the Paris Saint-Germain forward came off the bench at half time to make his first appearance in three months.

The same Liverpool supporters who cheered Firmino went out of their way to jeer Coutinho, who left the Reds for Barcelona earlier this year.

However, one positive for the future for Croatia is that they do still have Mario Mandzukic to come into the team and perhaps provide the finishing they need for the World Cup.

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

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.

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