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Coutinho's Return To Anfield For Brazil Was Met With A Mixed Reaction

Coutinho's Return To Anfield For Brazil Was Met With A Mixed Reaction

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino wrapped the game up with a 93rd minute goal.

They will play their last friendly against Austria in Vienna on June 10, before flying off to Russian Federation for the World Cup that kicks off from June 14.

Coutinho, who completed a £142m move to Barcelona in January, will line-up for Brazil in a World Cup warm-up friendly against Croatia.

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.

Paris St Germain forward Neymar allayed fears a long injury layoff since hurting his ankle and metatarsal in late February would harm his chances of making an impact in Russian Federation with an impressive display from the bench in his first game back.

Philippe Coutinho is looking forward to returning to Anfield on Sunday, Brazil midfielder Fernandinho believes.

"It's been three months that I've been injured", said Neymar, with the World Cup to start in Russian Federation in 10 days.

Brazil striker Neymar made a spectacular return on Sunday after a three-month absence with a foot injury and celebrated a superb individual goal with his surgeon.

Despite the looming spectre of the World Cup, now less than two weeks away, the game proved a physical one.

Operating a high defensive press to try and stop Brazil at the first opportunity, Modric pushed further forward off the ball coming in line with Andrej Kramaric to form a two-man defensive attack.

Indeed, Croatia had arguably the better of the chances before Neymar produced his moment of magic, collecting Coutinho's pass and dancing into space before finishing from close range in his first appearance since surgery on a broken foot.

Neymar was introduced at the start of the second half for his first bit of action since sustaining an ankle injury in February.


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