Neymar returns with brilliant solo goal against Croatia

FIFA World Cup Friendly Neymar Fitness In The Spotlight As Brazil Face Croatia

The most expensive player in the world has been sidelined since February 25, when he fractured a metatarsal and sprained his ankle playing for Paris St Germain in a French league match against Olympique de Marseille.

Tite said there was no doubt that Neymar gives them something extra but said that needed to be kept in perspective. Neymar is going to be just fine this summer.

Neymar was greeted by warm applause from the mostly neutral Merseyside crowd as he replaced Fernandinho at the start of the second half. "Then he will have his normal standard", Tite said.

"It is handsome to watch him play again, he is special, one of the best in the world", Modric said.

Brazil were finding it hard to fashion chances despite having close to 69 per cent of the ball, with Alisson again forced into action to parry Ante Rebic's header, as both coaches took the opportunity to make further changes to their sides.

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino scored Brazil's second goal in the 90th.

Since Tite's appointment in June 2016, the captain's armband has been rotated and against Croatia, Gabriel Jesus became the 15th player - in full internationals - to lead the side under the current regime.

"I am here to help Brazil. I always respect his [Tite's] opinion (regarding his dispute with Jesus for a spot in the Starting XI)".

The striker also thanked local fans for their support, saying "it is good to play at home".

It was a notable afternoon also for former Liverpool striker Coutinho, who made his first appearance at Anfield since his transfer to Barcelona in January, and received a smattering of boos from some of his old club's supporters.

Until Neymar stepped onto the pitch it was Croatia which had the best opportunities in a match that seemed headed for a tiresome draw.

Croatian defender Dejan Lovren - also playing at his home ground - almost gave his country the lead when he headed just over from a corner.

Croatia are set to retain their tag as perennial dark horses heading into the World Cup after proving to be formidable opponents for one of the tournament's standout favourites.

Tite did not confirm the move but said: "Our orientation is for them [players] to solve [transfers] as quickly as possible so they keep their head and effort focused on Brazil. If I were the manager there, I would try to sign him too".

He underwent surgery and it was expected that he won't be fit in time before the World Cup but the most expensive player in the world worked on his fitness and returned to training a few weeks back.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Specter of trade war after United States tariffs on EU, Mexico, Canada
Jun 04, 2018 - 07:29
Mexico, for instance, plans to retaliate against the steel and aluminum tariffs by targeting US cheese, among other products. European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker said President Trump's tariffs were "totally unacceptable".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Melania Trump to skip G7, North Korea summits
Jun 04, 2018 - 06:55
On May 14, the 48-year-old had surgery for a " benign kidney condition " but has not been seen in public since. It is a phrase she has never used on social media, but one Mr Trump has used in at least eight of his tweets.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Judge readies for update on Trump personal lawyer probe
Jun 02, 2018 - 05:17
Cohen has been under investigation for potential bank fraud, wire fraud, and campaign finance law violations for months. Publication claims Michael Avenatti is "dragging his feet" providing documents to federal attorneys investigating case.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Zidane resigns as Real Madrid head coach in shock announcement
Jun 02, 2018 - 04:59
I enjoy what is happening and what has to be will be. "The players have nothing to do with my decision, it is about what I think". Arsene Wenger has revealed he turned down Real Madrid on multiple occasions and says he wants to be "tested" in his next role.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top MTA adds postgame trains for Capitals' Stanley Cup Final games in Washington
Jun 02, 2018 - 04:14
If Kuznetsov misses time in the Stanley Cup Final , the Capitals are practiced in the art of resiliency. Holtby, who made 37 saves in the win, wasn't as overwhelmed by the play, which went viral quickly.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Journalist and Putin-Critic Murdered in Kiev, Ukrainian Officials Blame Russia
Jun 02, 2018 - 03:46
This was in part because several prominent Russian journalists critical of Putin's policies have been murdered in recent years. Speaking to the BBC , Ukrainian police spokesman Yaroslav Trakalo confirmed Mr Babchenko's death.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Quiz: Name The Championship Playoff Final Winners Since 1992/93
Jun 02, 2018 - 03:44
He said, "I have been doing it a long time and I'm in charge of a great team with a big history". "We know what is ahead of us". Fulham secured promotion to the Premier League with a 1-0 victory in their Championship play-off final against Aston Villa .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Melania Trump tweets that she's 'feeling great'
Jun 02, 2018 - 03:36
Melania's last public appearance was on May 10, when she joined President Trump to welcome home the three Americans released from North Korea .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top White House says Trump is not defending Roseanne Barr
Jun 01, 2018 - 19:18
On feeling it wouldn't last long: "I was not surprised that what went down and that the show was canceled ". Because CLEARLY, the impeccable Michelle Obama is wasting a second of her life on you.

Cleveland DB promises free jerseys if Cavs win
Jun 01, 2018 - 19:05
One fan tweeted that there's "zero chance" Randall delivers on his wager, but he was quick to respond, "100% chance". That's probably why Randall was confident enough to double down on the tweet after it blew up.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Fallout 3 Remaster Getting Announced at E3 2018?
Jun 01, 2018 - 18:56
That would certainly explain why they're stuck on Skyrim instead of a sixth Elder Scrolls game, but I digress. Recently, Kotaku stated that what they know of this reveal is that it is a new game.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Mattis Says US Will Continue Operations in South China Sea
Jun 01, 2018 - 17:39
Ousting China from the exercise could signal that joint activities, or the military relationship as a whole, are a reward. The US secretary of defense is expected to preside over the change of guard in the US Pacific Command.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top LeBron James leads Cavaliers into National Basketball Association finals
May 31, 2018 - 20:59
His teams have won seven of eight elimination games, including three this postseason. Either way, the Celtics know they let this one slip through their fingers.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Woman Physically Assaulted by Police Officer on the Beach
May 31, 2018 - 20:55
A court date was set for June 6, though Dicht said it will probably be rescheduled for an unknown date. Cell phone video on social media captured an officer striking her during the course of the arrest.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Klopp says Salah doubt for World Cup, Egypt more hopeful
May 31, 2018 - 20:45
The Egypt FA tweeted to say their team doctor had spoken to Liverpool and Salah's x-ray had showed ligament damage rather than a fracture.