Neymar honoured to go level with Romario on 55 Brazil goals
Jun 13 2018
The Selecao star insists the five-time champions are dreaming again of winning the World Cup in Russian Federation after cruising past Austria 3-0 in their final hit-out ahead of the tournament.
Neymar started a game for the first time since injuring his metatarsal in February although he played in the second half of last week's win 2-0 over Croatia when he celebrated his return with a goal.
"You have to trust, you dream", he told reporters after moving joint third on Brazil's all-time scoring chart, level with Romario on 55. Hindustan Times delivers the news across all social media platforms, on the web, and at your doorstep.
Despite Brazil's chances looking up, coach Tite remains little-known outside his own country where he has spent almost entire career, coaching more than 10 teams, and including three stints at domestic club Corinthians where he made his name.
Neymar Jr. and Philippe Coutinho added to the goal tally during the second half of the friendly match.
For manager Tite it was the flawless way to prepare his team for Russian Federation and he will be eagerly awaiting Brazil's opening World Cup match with Switzerland which takes place next Sunday (June 17).
Under Tite, Brazil have regained the swagger that has been missing from recent World Cup squads.
The Selecao superstar moved to 55 goals in 85 caps, equaling the record of 1994 World Cup victor Romario.
Brazil, who have won all four games this year without conceding a goal, also face Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E.
The Brazilians were due to arrive there in the early hours of Monday, ahead of their opening game at the tournament against Switzerland next Sunday.
However, Marcelo helped him get his own back on Neymar.
Neymar had the "great honour" to go level with Brazil great Romario on 55 worldwide goals in Sunday's 3-0 win over Austria, saying it allowed him to pay tribute to the former striker.
Four minutes later Lindner gathered Philippe Coutinho's drive and Austria survived again after a mix-up between Sebastian Prodl and Lindner nearly let Jesus in.