Russian Federation 2018: Neymar led Brazil thrash Austria in final warm up match

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

The Austrians did manage to carve out a couple of openings, although they were unable to bypass goalkeeper Alisson as the encounter finished 3-0.

Brazil will travel from Vienna to its World Cup base in Sochi, though it won't play any of its group matches near the Black Sea resort.

The 2010 side, under Dunga, was packed with midfield spoilers and looked to catch opponents on the counter-attack, or from set pieces.

Brazil also face Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E in Russian Federation as they look to hit back from their shock 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany on home soil four years ago.

For the 2018 World Cup, it's easy to pick out the favourites.

Tite's side go into the tournament off the back of warm-up wins over Croatia and Austria.

Brazil, who have won the World Cup a record five times, are in Group E with Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia. The Brazilian squad will hold a public training on June 12.

The team have great balance as well, with Casemiro protecting a solid defence.

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.

They will head to Russian Federation in confident mood, having lost only one out of 21 games - a friendly against Argentina - in Tite's two years in charge.

Brazil fired their dreams of World Cup glory with a 3-0 win over Austria, according to Neymar - who had his fears of an injury relapse tested to the full.

The foursome, starting together for the first time, worked superbly in hard conditions on Sunday to break down an Austria side which had beaten Germany only one week earlier.

"You have to trust, you dream", he said.

The Paris Saint-Germain star has enjoyed a seamless return to football after three months out with a broken foot, which he suffered in action for PSG back in February.

He also seemed to revel in no longer having to carry the team on his shoulders. "His technical and creative ability is wonderful".



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