We should note that Goldman also tipped Brazil in 2014 (forecasting a 3-1 win over Argentina in the final).
A big question mark hangs over the participation of Egypt and Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah, who is still receiving treatment for the shoulder injury he suffered in the Champions League final.
From the moment Neymar turned 13, he was already tipped to become the next global superstar for Brazil tasked to lead the football-loving nation to the pinnacle of football honours. Shortly after, the team flew to Sochi, its base for the tournament, as those back in their homeland reacted to a win which impressed and boosted expectations of winning an unprecedented sixth world title.
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That goal puts him joint-third top goalscorer with Romario.
Jesus got the ball rolling with Brazil's opening goal. He's well-rested. He's ready to lead the Selecao to glory.
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More pain for Neymar. Ze Elias still holds the record for youngest ever Brazil captain, after leading his side out at 19-years-old during a 2-2 draw with Romania in 1995.
Brazil also face Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E in Russian Federation as they look to hit back from their shock 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany on home soil four years ago. 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.
Following his brilliant effort on Sunday, Neymar now has 55 goals for Brazil not to mention 33 assists.
Perhaps this is why they are famous for their attractive football and the competitive nature of their group in World Cup qualifiers sees no match.
Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar has spoken of fears over his fitness holding up following a broken metatarsal in February and he was forced to withstand some robust challenges before a wonderful solo effort made it 2-0 in the 63rd minute - his 55th worldwide goal sending him level with Romario in third on Brazil's all-time scoring chart. "We deserved the victory, we played very well", added Barcelona forward Coutinho to the Brazilian FA.