Austria 0 - 3 Brazil - Match Report & Highlights

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They are five-time winners of the competition, but have not actually lifted the famous trophy since 2002, which is simply too long for a team of their ilk.

Four years later, playing as hosts under Luiz Felipe Scolari, Brazil were overly dependent on Neymar as they muddled their way through to the semi-finals before losing 7-1 to Germany, when he was injured.

The mauling by Germany hurt then, and it still does now.

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But they were completely dismantled by Brazil in Vienna on Sunday as they succumbed to a heavy 3-0 defeat.

Costa's return was also good news for Tite.

Brazil look as if they could be the team to beat in the upcoming World Cup in Russian Federation.

Brazil have not lost since June 2017, a run of 10 games, and have kept 16 clean sheets in 21 games since Tite took over in June 2016. Thus, it was a joy for fans to see their team can breach crowded, bunkered-in defences. That is without mentioning Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker, who is now being coveted by the biggest clubs in European football.

Brazil, meanwhile, is one of the favorites to hoist the trophy.

And Neymar blossomed in the final half-hour - when Austria's tight defense opened up - showing off his individual skills and crowning his performance with a fine finish that further cracked Austria's resistance.

"I don't know the limit of Neymar, " Brazil coach Tite said through an interpreter when asked if his main striker was back at full strength.

It was also the first time the quartet of Neymar, Jesus, Coutinho and Willian had started a game together.

Neymar responded in the best way possible, scoring a brilliant second goal after Gabriel Jesus had earlier opened the scoring.

And the 26-year-old made light work of his opponent as he outfoxed him without even touching the ball, with a few body feints sending the Austrian to the floor.

His goal took him on to 55 from 85 caps and he was proud to move level with Romario as Brazil's third highest scorer, leaving him 22 behind record-holder Pele. And they have that exciting individual brilliance in the final third.

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