Brazil vs. Croatia - Football Match Report

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Full of talent throughout their team, the Blazers were impressive in some parts of their game, though others still need refining before they kick off against Nigeria on June 16th.

Neymar was the poster boy when Brazil hosted the tournament four years ago and excelled in the opening rounds before a back injury sustained in the quarter-finals ended his tournament one game before his team-mates capitulated 7-1 to Germany in the semi-finals.

On parade for Croatia were stars like Luka Modric of Real Madrid, Ivan Rakitic of Barcelona, Dejan Lovren of Liverpool and Inter Milan's Ivan Perisic.

The match between Croatia and Brazil is scheduled for 16:00 today.

Croatia's hard pressing had frustrated Brazil in the first 45 minutes and they needed keeper Alisson to get down well to keep out a drive from Andrej Kramaric after Miranda gave the ball away.

Just 98 days after suffering an injury he feared would keep him out of the upcoming World Cup in Russia, Neymar was back with a bang at Anfield.

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For the first time since February, Neymar returned to the field in an official match.

The Brazilian lines up at his former home this afternoon for the first time since his January move to Barcelona in an worldwide friendly against Croatia.

As aforementioned, sitting deeper alongside Badelj, Rakitic was Croatia's creative hub throughout the match with much of their attacking play starting with the Barcelona midfielder.

"He will come on in the second half because it's a preparation game for us, for the whole team".

It was the Croatians, limbering up for a tough group involving Argentina, Nigeria and Iceland, who threatened first but an Ante Rebic chance was snuffed out by Thiago Silva. Faking out defenders and putting the ball where it is supposed to go.

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