Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Neymar honoured to go level with Romario on 55 Brazil goals

It was his 10th goal since being handed his global debut, and he remains the top scorer since Tite took charge of the team.

Russian Federation and the West have engaged in a major wave of tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions since London accused Moscow of being behind the poisoning of Sergei Skripal in Britain in March.

Those who like statistics are already salivating: Unless there is an injury, Thiago Silva is set to start the World Cup alongside Miranda in the heart of defence. Mo Salah (pictured) is another star to watch in the World Cup.

The goal tied Neymar with Brazilian legend Romario for third on the country's all-time goalscoring charts.

Brazil started the game in Vienna with a midfield formation that had only been on the pitch together for 60 minutes since Tite took over the national team. "His technical and creative capacity is impressive".

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"We got ready for the UFC today, but it was good".

Brazil's coach had earlier said that Sunday's performance would inform the selection of a starting lineup for the World Cup tournament in Russian Federation.

"All the games before the World Cup were important to reach this level of performance", Jesus added.

"But I do like our manager, I like our system and we have a couple of match winners in there".

Brazil also face Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E in Russian Federation as they look to hit back from their shock 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany on home soil four years ago. The world's most expensive player came back from a broken metatarsal last weekend to rifle in a game-sealing goal in the 2-0 win over Croatia at Anfield.

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The forward was pelted with eggs and flower as he sat on the grass during training.

Once they touched down, tracksuited Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov was among the first to greet Salah.

If he lacked conviction in the previous outing and watched his Liverpool counterpart strengthen his case with a goal, then Jesus today looked like a man with a objective.

Several nations will head to Russian Federation believing that they can win the tournament.

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