Neymar strikes as Brazil ease past Austria - International friendlies 2018

Brazil's coach had earlier said that Sunday's performance would inform the selection of a starting lineup for the World Cup tournament in Russian Federation.

On Brasil, Raísa Simplicio also noted Coutinho's importance in branding him the "ritmista" of the national team - a samba term given to one who dictates the rhythm of the beat and a specialist in percussion instruments - who "shone like a maestro" and is prepared for his role at the World Cup.

Against Croatia, the Selecao managed to overturn a game in which they struggled with the pressure from Modric & midfield.

Unbeaten now in 10 games, Brazil look very much capable of going all the way in Russian Federation. In particular, the defensive midfield role performed by Real Madrid's Casemiro is essential, providing a link between defence and midfield and a shield to the back four.

Where can you live stream the FIFA Friendly between Brazil v Austria?

However, Brazil will start their World Cup campaign against Switzerland (June 17), an adversary that will hardly attack them in a gung-ho fashion: as a matter of fact, the same could be said of the other Group E teams, Costa Rica and Serbia.

If you think you can match Mourinho in his World Cup predictions, let us know. Deployed this way, he and Neymar will not occupy the same space and that can only be good for Brazil.

They will head to Russian Federation in confident mood, having lost only one out of 21 games - a friendly against Argentina - in Tite's two years in charge.

Brazil are back! And boy can they play.

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

He latched onto a through ball from former Liverpool team-mate Roberto Firmino before sliding home.

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.

Recall that Mourinho last week tipped Gernot Rohr's men to finish second in Group D behind Argentina and face France in the second round, a repeat of their 2014 World Cup fixture at Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasília.

  • Stacy Allen