Neymar impresses on return but caution urged by Tite

Neymar impresses on return but caution urged by Tite

His strike gave Brazil the lead in the 69th minute before Roberto Firmino added a second in injury time.

And Neymar now looks set to rack up his first minutes in more than three months in the friendly.

Here's what we learned from the encounter.

Real president Florentino Perez has admitted his side tried to sign Neymar before he joined Barca in 2013 and has reiterated his desire to bring the Brazilian to the Spanish capital.

Brazil captain and No. 9 Gabriel Jesus was replaced by Firmino after an hour.

The five-time champions were reportedly set to be led by Dani Alves at Russian Federation but the full-back's injury has seen the policy of rotation continue.

Despite lacking in a permanent skipper at the moment, there's no shortage of leadership in the team.

Whether or not Brazil will suffer from the absence of a standout, designated leader as they navigate a major tournament remains to be seen though.

Neymar scored 28 goals and provided 16 assists in 30 appearances in all competitions in his first season for PSG before sustaining an ankle and foot injury on February 25.

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Neymar's introduction at the start of the second half drew an enthusiastic reaction, from the Anfield crowd and his team-mates alike.

Croatia face Senegal on Friday at home to end their warm-up for the World Cup.

Willian, impressive throughout for Brazil, picked the ball up in midfield and threaded the ball to Neymar in the inside-left channel.

Facing a race to be fit for Brazil's World Cup opener against Switzerland on June 17, Neymar will get a chance to use Sunday's clash at Anfield to show he is ready to lead the five-time world champions in Russian Federation.

Neymar scored his 54 goal for his national team today and is the fifth all-time scorer, just one behind the former Barcelona star Romário (fourth).

And with the clock winding down, Firmino met a lofted cross from Casemiro's and chipped home with a classy finish to make it 2-0 at the whistle.

"He is a player that is different but he can't be given all the responsibility to decide the game, that's not humane, he is a key part but not everything", he said, declining to comment if the 26-year-old would start in the next friendly against Austria in Vienna on June 10. In truth, Croatia caused them plenty of problems as they competed well in the middle of the park for long periods.

Croatia: Subasic (6,5), Vrsaljko (6,5), Corluka (6), Lovren (6,5), Vida (6,5), Rakitic (6), Badelj (6,5) Modric (7), Perisic (5,5), Rebic (6,5) and Kramaric (6).

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