Global friendlies: Austria 0-3 Brazil, 5 Talking Points

No. 5 Uruguay 2-1 Brazil 1950 With Brazil cruising to victory in front of a crowd of 200,000 in Rio De Janeiro's Maracana stadium Uruguay scored twice in 13 minutes to claim the tournament. In 2009 winning scorer Alcides Ghiggia was enshrined at

Below, in a friendly against Germany, Joachim Low's team pressed Brazil high up the pitch in an attempt to force a mistake by the defenders during build-up.

Injury also ruled Neymar out of Brazil's 7-1 humiliation on home soil against Germany in the 2014 World Cup semi-final but he believes Tite's current crop should make no secret of their bold ambitions in Russian Federation.

A reintroduction to the starting line-up following on Sunday in Vienna and Neymar's lavish skills left Aleksandar Dragovic on his backside before slotting home Brazil's second in a 3-0 win over Austria.

But as the clock ticks down to the opener in Moscow's imposing 80,000-capacity Luzhniki stadium, the tournament is beginning to catch the public mood, with about 3,500 fans attending Australia's training session in the central city of Kazan.

Owen believes that Brazil, whose 2014 World Cup ended in such disappointment, will bounce back and lift their first trophy since 2002. Yeah, he's ready for the World Cup.

Coutinho nearly got his second and Brazil's fourth in the 73rd minute but his curling strike from distance rattled the upright with Linder well beaten.

Neymar shines for Brazil
Fernandinho remains a useful squad player, and the heavier artillery in the middle could be very useful as a tactical alternative. However, it does not mean that fans and his Selecao teammates aren't thrilled and relieved to see him back.

Brazil have won 17 of their 21 games since Tite took over two years ago and lost only once.

The foursome, starting together for the first time, worked superbly in hard conditions on Sunday to break down an Austria side which had beaten Germany only one week earlier.

After scoring a peach of a goal on his injury-return against Croatia in a World Cup warm-up game, he scored another stunning goal on his first start in four months after recovering from a metatarsal injury. Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho bagged the other goals.

He also seemed to revel in no longer having to carry the team on his shoulders. "His technical and creative ability is impressive".

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