Neymar to return from injury against Croatia

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The Paris Saint-Germain forward appeared as a half-time replacement for Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho as the Selecao stepped up their World Cup preparations.

Neymar's goal was his 54th for his country and he needs one to reach Romario as the third most prolific Brazil striker of all time behind Pele and Ronaldo.

Aside from Neymar's moment of magic, Brazil did add a second with the last kick of the contest as Roberto Firmino scored on his club ground to cap off the victory.

Neymar is set to make his return from injury as a second-half substitute for Brazil after he fractured a metatarsal and sprained his ankle in a PSG match against Marseille back in February.

Facing a race to be fit for Brazil's World Cup opener against Switzerland on June 17, Neymar will get a chance to use Sunday's clash at Anfield to show he is ready to lead the five-time world champions in Russian Federation.

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Brazil coach Tite said Neymar's return was "above the expected standard".

Coutinho's departure from the Reds in January to join La Liga champions Barcelona left a bitter taste in a number of Liverpool fans' mouths.

Those fears largely disappeared Sunday when Neymar returned to action with smart dribbling, fluent passing and an impressive individual goal, which he celebrated with his surgeon.

However, one positive for the future for Croatia is that they do still have Mario Mandzukic to come into the team and perhaps provide the finishing they need for the World Cup.

Similarly to the first half, chances were hard to come by after the break and both sides were restricted to efforts from distance, none of which were threatening. It was only through Neymar's introduction that this was addressed.

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