Neymar Jokes About Austria's 'UFC' Tactics, Talks World Cup Dreams

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Neymar started a game for the first time since injuring his metatarsal in February although he played in the second half of last week's win 2-0 over Croatia when he celebrated his return with a goal. "We have great players, we are all prepared".

As a result, it predicts that Brazil will lift the trophy on July 15.

Here, we take a look at Group E which boasts favourites Brazil.

Austria, who had defeated Germany a week before, simply couldn't live with Brazil's forward-line and in truth Canarinho could have scored several more.

Under Tite, Brazil have regained the swagger that has been missing from recent World Cup squads.

Germany head into the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation as firm favourites to retain the title, after dominating the qualification stage for the World Cup.

Without providing details of the injury, Tite said Fred's situation was "improving" but didn't hint whether the midfielder could be back for the team's World Cup opener. 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.

Brazil, who crashed out of the last World Cup on home soil in a humiliating 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany, start their campaign against Switzerland in Rostov-on-Don on Sunday.

The Brazilians were due to arrive there in the early hours of Monday, ahead of their opening game at the tournament against Switzerland next Sunday.

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

Tite said his team "can get a bit more effective but still have a week left to work on that".

Given that Neymar is only 26, it's not really far-fetched to imagine him reaching Ronaldo's 62 and Pele's 77 to set a record. With Neymar back to full fitness and looking sharp, Brazil are the bookmakers' pre-tournament favourites - and it's not hard to understand why. The models then learn the relationship between these characteristics and goals scored, using the scores of competitive World Cup and European Cup matches since 2005.

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