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Neymar Slams Austria's 'UFC' Tactics After Brazil Win

11 June 2018

Neymar is now joint third top-scorer for his country with only the legendary Ronaldo and the great Pele ahead of him in the illustrious list. They have Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho, too, players who have come of age over the past year and now have a touch of arrogance and class about them.

France, boasting the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe in an attack-minded squad, also arrived in Russian Federation, seeking to win their second World Cup 20 years after their 1998 triumph.

"You have to trust, you dream", Neymar told reporters.

Brazil have won 17 of their 21 games since Tite took over two years ago and lost only once.

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Six minutes later, Selecao bagged a third goal as Coutinho played a neat one-two with Roberto Firmino before placing the ball beyond a helpless Lindner.

And Neymar blossomed in the final half-hour - when Austria's tight defense opened up - showing off his individual skills and crowning his performance with a fine finish that further cracked Austria's resistance.

Under Tite, Brazil have regained the swagger that has been missing from recent World Cup squads. Tite's all-star cast, spearheaded by Neymar, are likely to coast through the group but the second qualifying spot is very much up for grabs with Switzerland and Serbia evenly matched, while Costa Rica are not averse to causing an upset. Indeed, they beat world champions Germany 2-1 last weekend, and will certainly enter their UEFA Nations League campaign later this year full of confidence following an upturn in form.

Reported Manchester United target Arnautovic then scuffed a shot into the turf and over from 10 yards after Schopf and Stefan Lainer picked apart an uncomfortable looking Brazil backline.

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

"You can talk, you're Brazilian and you can dream; we're dreaming more and more".

Not only does Neymar look healthy, he's making any concerns look foolish.

Neymar Slams Austria's 'UFC' Tactics After Brazil Win