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Neymar scores brilliant goal on comeback from injury with Brazil

Neymar scores brilliant goal on comeback from injury with Brazil

The Paris Saint-Germain superstar emerged as a second-half substitute against Croatia at Anfield in his first appearance since fracturing a metatarsal while playing for his club in February.

Brazil's striker Roberto Firmino (R) celebrates with Brazil's striker Neymar after scoring their second goal during the worldwide friendly football match between Brazil and Croatia at Anfield in Liverpool on 3 June 2018.

Croatia can take solace from having the best of a combative first half that earned them bookings for Kramaric, shown yellow for a knee-high studs-up foul on Thiago Silva, and Ivan Perisic for hauling down Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus.

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

"Neymar? He'll start on the bench because he's still recovering, and will come on at half-time because we're preparing as a team", Tite told reporters at a press conference on Saturday.

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Tite said there was no doubt that Neymar gives them something extra but said that needed to be kept in perspective.

"He will have to go through stages - he is going to have his ups and downs but by the third, fourth or fifth game he will be back to his level".

The Selecao face Austria next Sunday in their only other friendly before their opening game against Switzerland on Sunday 17 June.

Kenny Dalglish yesterday encouraged fans not to boo their ex-hero, who played more than 200 games for the Reds.

Tite's announcement came as no surprise, as Neymar has been training with his Brazilian team-mates in preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.