Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Russian Federation 2018: Neymar led Brazil thrash Austria in final warm up match

Russian Federation 2018: Neymar led Brazil thrash Austria in final warm up match

The 26-year-old's World Cup hopes were shrouded in uncertainty and the images which followed were those of pain and concern as he was carried off on a stretcher.

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.

Brazil concluded their European warm-up ahead of the 2018 World Cup by beating Austria 3-0, thanks to goals from Gabriel Jesus, Neymar and Philippe Coutinho.

Brazil have plenty of attacking talent along with Neymar. "His technical and creative ability is impressive".

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

The birthday prank took place at Brazil's pre-World Cup training session in Russian Federation - they kick-start their campaign against Switzerland on Sunday. "Ahead of a competition as important as the World Cup, the entire focus should be on it. Rumours shouldn't matter". "We deserved the victory, we played very well", Coutinho said. "It was a hard match, with heavy physical contact and we did really well".

After playing Switzerland in Rostov-on-Don on June 17, it faces Costa Rica in St. Petersburg five days later, before wrapping up its Group E campaign against Serbia on June 27 in Moscow. The European champion (Portugal) and the big Germany.

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.

Several nations will head to Russian Federation believing that they can win the tournament. The squad is ranked No. 4 in the world and won the 2016 European Championship - a massive achievement.

With temperatures set to tip 30 degrees for the opening round of fixtures in Russia, Brazil are keeping it cool in their final preparations.

"Extra-time, penalties, 11 players, they take a penalty... there is only one more penalty, and that last penalty, one takes Messi, another one takes Ronaldo... and I leave to your imagination", the Portuguese manager said.

Federation Internationale de Football Association member states will vote on the issue at their congress on Wednesday.

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