Neymar returns from injury for Brazil against Croatia at Anfield

Neymar returns from injury for Brazil against Croatia at Anfield

But Liverpool's Roberto Firmino scored in added time to seal the victory.

On a swift counter-attack, Neymar collected a pass from Philippe Coutinho on the edge of Croatia's area, darting towards goal and beating three defenders before switching the ball from his left to right foot.

Neymar swapped shirts with Luka Modric after Brazil's win over Croatia.

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

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Speaking to the media, Tite announced the 26-year-old forward will not start the game at Anfield - but will be introduced at some stage in the second half.

He also missed the end of Brazil's last World Cup campaign in 2014 after breaking a bone in his back during the 2-1 quarter-final win over Colombia.

There were three bookings in a surprisingly feisty first half and Neymar's first involvement off the bench saw him side-step a potentially painful lunge from Lovren, who was trying to halt his run.

Brazil captain and No. 9 Gabriel Jesus was not as impressive in the first half of the match, and was replaced by Firmino after an hour.

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On Sunday he returned to Merseyside for the first time as Brazil continued their preparation for the World Cup against Croatia and why wouldn't it be at Anfield.

The same Liverpool supporters who cheered Firmino went out of their way to jeer Coutinho, who left the Reds for Barcelona earlier this year.

Before Neymar's brilliant opener, Croatia might have struck first when Ante Rebic's header forced a fine save from Alisson. "If I were the manager there, I would try to sign him too".

Croatia are Nigeria's first World Cup opponent in Russian Federation.

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