Sports

Neymar marks return from injury with goal for Brazil

Paris Saint-Germain superstar, Neymar scored for Brazil in a friendly against Croatia on Sunday – his first game since returning from an injury that sidelined him for over three months.

Five-time World champions Brazil, who became the first team to qualify for the FIFA 2018 World Cup, began their preparations with the win at Anfield.

After an uneventful first half, substitute Neymar fired Brazil ahead when he smashed a shot in off the bar after a slick move involving Willian and Philippe Coutinho in the 69th minute.

The World’s most expensive player, who moved to PSG from Barcelona for a €200m fee last summer, has now scored 54 goals in 83 appearances for his country.

Read Also: Rohr names final 23-man Super Eagles’ World Cup squad

Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino made it 2-0 for the South Americans when he scored in added time to seal the victory.

Croatia, who are in same World Cup group as the Super Eagles of Nigeria, created first-half chances for Dejan Lovren and Andrej Kramaric, but didn’t score.

Brazil will face Austria next Sunday in another friendly before starting their Group E campaign in Russia

They have been drawn to battle Costa Rica, Switzerland and Serbia in the group stages of the World Cup.

Ripples Nigeria… without borders, without fears

Click here to join the Ripples Nigeria WhatsApp group for latest updates.

Join the conversation

Opinions

About the author

Ben Ugbana

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!