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Brazil's coach had earlier said that Sunday's performance would inform the selection of a starting lineup for the World Cup tournament in Russian Federation.

That pulled him level with Romario's total of 55 worldwide goals, making him Brazil's third joint top-scorer after Pele and Ronaldo. Hindustan Times delivers the news across all social media platforms, on the web, and at your doorstep.

Jesus opened the scoring nine minutes before the break when he curled in from an angle after Marcelo's shot deflected into his path.

It's true that Brazil's latest opponent, Austria, have consistently failed to qualify for the World Cup since 1998, and an ageing Croatia are not expected to pull off a rampaging campaign in Russian Federation 2018.

After a quiet start to the second half, Brazil doubled their lead in the 62nd minute as Neymar skillfully skipped past a defender before calmly slotting into the bottom corner.

"The concentration and competitiveness of the team was laudable", Brazil coach Tite told reporters.

Surprisingly, according to the data the South American nation, who have won the football World Cup five-times, are not among the top nations heavily interested in football.

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The Super Eagles' first match in Russian Federation is against Croatia on Saturday, before other group games against Iceland and Argentina.

"Eight fouls - that shows that we use aggressive marking to try and win the ball and then come out playing", he said after Sunday's game, the last before their opening Group E game against Switzerland on June 17.

Barcelona midfielder Coutinho added the third goal shortly afterwards.

Jesus may be only 23, but his precocious talent and attacking instincts will give even the seasoned strikers a hefty run for their money.

So, yeah, Neymar is definitely back.

Brazil made it to the semi finals on home soil, but the lack of a genuine centre forward meant their challenge was always likely to falter, although nobody could have predicted the wheels would fall off quite so spectacularly against Germany in that infamous 7-1 defeat.

"Spain and Germany I also like, but Brazil would be my idea of the strongest team".

The Selecao began carving Austria apart and, after Paulinho rifled a low effort too close to Lindner, Coutinho streamed on to a pass from Jesus' replacement Roberto Firmino and clipped in number three.

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