Russian Federation 2018: Neymar led Brazil thrash Austria in final warm up match

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Therefore Brazil should pat themselves on the back after their last pre-World Cup friendlies. They have scored 47 goals, conceded five and kept 16 clean sheets.

The Paris St Germain striker scored his 55th goal for his country in Sunday's victory, their final World Cup warm-up match.

"I don't know what Neymar's limit is", said Tite. But boy, did it work well.

So, how have they managed that? Austria presented a similar challenge and indeed they showed that Coutinho's presence could leave them more vulnerable to counter-attacks.

Tournament favourites Brazil will now head out to Russian Federation to continue preparations for their group-stage opener against Switzerland. 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.

Tite said his team "can get a bit more effective but still have a week left to work on that". Deployed this way, he and Neymar will not occupy the same space and that can only be good for Brazil.

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If ever there was a sign that Brazil were not feeling the enormous pressure weighing heavily on their shoulders, it was the manner in which they celebrated Philippe Coutinho's 26th birthday on Tuesday. The great Bellini was 36 when he defended for the Selecao in England 1966, but was paired with 28-year-old Altair.

Brazil have won 17 of their 21 games since Tite took over two years ago and lost only once. 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. The winger only started training with the squad last week after picking up a thigh injury during Juventus' 2-1 win against Verona in the last round of Italy's Serie A top club competition.

Make no mistake: Dani Alves will be missed by the Selecao, especially for his leadership and experience.

Gabriel Jesus should have been penalised for offside when he converted expertly nine minutes before half-time at Vienna's Ernst-Happel-Stadion, but the Manchester City striker's 10th goal in 17 worldwide appearances stood.

Four minutes later Lindner gathered Philippe Coutinho's drive and Austria survived again after a mix-up between Sebastian Prodl and Lindner nearly let Jesus in.

It is hard to imagine the Man City will not line up for the national anthems in Rostov-on-Don.

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