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szdaily -> Sports -> 
Brazil fans relieved after Neymar’s return
    2018-06-05  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

NEYMAR needed only 23 minutes to reassure Brazilians that his recovery is right on track for the World Cup.

Three months after undergoing surgery on his right foot, Neymar returned to action for Brazil and inspired a 2-0 win over Croatia in an international friendly that showed fans, teammates and coach Tite that he’s in good shape for Russia.

“Any team would be relieved having such a player back,” defender Thiago Silva said after Sunday’s win at Anfield. “We are a great team, but Ney has that light. When the game gets tough, he steps up to the challenge.”

The first half was dominated by heavy marking. But after Neymar replaced Fernandinho, the five-time-World Cup champions were much more fluent and effective playing with the formation — Neymar joining Willian and Gabriel Jesus up front — that is likely to start at the World Cup.

Brazil fans, who appeared to be in the majority of the 35,000 fans at Anfield, were quiet in the first half but got noisier with Neymar’s appearance in the second half. Musician Daniel Adriano was among the Brazilians who left Anfield in higher spirits than when they arrived.

“Without Neymar we can’t win it,” Adriano said.

As Brazil’s teamwork improved, Neymar’s individual skill level rose, too. He opened the scoring in the 68 minute after receiving the ball on the left edge of the penalty box, dribbling past Croatia defenders Sime Vrsaljko and Duje Caleta-Car and smashing the ball into the roof of the net with his right foot.

He then ran to hug Brazilian soccer confederation doctor Rodrigo Lasmar, his surgeon, on the sidelines.

“I am so happy to play football again. I have waited and worked a lot for this,” Neymar said. “I suffered, these were very tough three months. When I saw the ball hit the net I only thought of those that helped me, Dr. Lasmar, my family, friends.”

(SD-Agencies)

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