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He was even able to get his own back on Neymar, with a little help from Marcelo as the Real Madrid full back held down the Samba star.

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. But fears of a right-back crisis seem to have been subdued after Danilo's solid performances against Croatia and Austria.

The March friendlies were positive but storm clouds still loomed over the Brazil camp with superstar Neymar still uncertain over his fitness for the World Cup after a metatarsal fracture whilst at Paris Saint-Germain.

Coutinho when then hit the crossbar while Firmino nearly got on the scoresheet as the game ended in a deserved 3-0 win to the visitors.

The World Cup big guns limbered up on Monday ahead of the tournament opener in Russian Federation while brash underdogs Australia warned Euro 2016 finalists France to brace for an early shock.

"We've just lost three finals in a row, which has led to us going through some hard moments with the press", the Barcelona forward said.

"That gives you confidence".

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And to help mark the occasion, we are launching our own A-Z of the World Cup - with the focus firmly trained on City. We should note that Goldman also tipped Brazil in 2014 (forecasting a 3-1 win over Argentina in the final).

"France obviously have a lot of good players but I'm a bit sceptical about them in tournaments".

They finished off their World Cup preparations against Austria, keeping another clean sheet in a 3-nil win as Tite's extremely fluid attacking philosophy reigned supreme.

"You have to trust, you dream", Neymar told reporters. "Dreaming is not forbidden".

The 26-year-old has returned from injury with a bang, finding the net twice in as many games before Brazil travel to Russian Federation for the World Cup.

England's first group game is against Tunisia on June 15 - the Three Lions then face Panama and Belgium as they bid to reach the knockout stages.

"Austria had quality and we knew it would not be easy".

"We managed to play, involve their team and make another big game".


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