Coutinho back at Anfield as Real Madrid stars mock Reds

Lydia FlemingJun 04, 2018

Neymar is set to make his return from injury as a second-half substitute for Brazil after he fractured a metatarsal and sprained his ankle in a PSG match against Marseille back in February.

Croatia's goalkeeper Danijel Subasic (L) reacts as Brazil's striker Neymar celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the worldwide friendly football match between Brazil and Croatia at Anfield in Liverpool on June 3, 2018.

Philippe Coutinho returned to Anfield for the first time since leaving Liverpool for Barcelona in January as Brazil warmed up for the World Cup with a game against Croatia and he received a mixed reaction.

The Paris Saint-Germain striker replaced Fernandinho at half-time, and put Brazil in front in the 69th minute.

Before Neymar's brilliant opener, Croatia might have struck first when Ante Rebic's header forced a fine save from Alisson.

"He came back better than I expected".

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Brazil face Austria in their final pre-World Cup friendly on June 10 before taking on Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E in Russian Federation.

However, with the game already in injury-time, Firmino showed tremendous composure in finishing off a late goal in the stadium that he frequents so regularly with Liverpool.

There were three bookings in a surprisingly feisty first half and Neymar's first involvement off the bench saw him side-step a potentially painful lunge from Lovren, who was trying to halt his run.

The five-times world champions have one more friendly before the tournament, against Austria in Vienna on 10 June.

Brazil won the game 2-0.

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