Brazil training prank: Birthday boy Coutinho pelted with eggs by Neymar & teammates

Brazil concluded their European warm-up ahead of the 2018 World Cup by beating Austria 3-0, thanks to goals from Gabriel Jesus, Neymar and Philippe Coutinho.

Neymar's goal in the 63rd minute was even better as he collected the ball on the left of the area, performed a drag-back which left Aleksandar Dragovic on the floor before sending his shot between Lindner's legs. Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho bagged the other goals.

Marko Arnautovic gave Brazil a couple of early frights before the South Americans went ahead in the 36th minute, Jesus scoring with a delightful dinked effort from a hard angle for his 10th goal in 17 internationals.

Brazil will play their opening World Cup game against Switzerland who has been in good form of late.

Neymar is now level with Romario and only behind Ronaldo (62) and Pele (77) in Brazil's all-time record scoring charts.

"If [Austria] opens up in defence, 'go for it, ' I told him at the break". Shortly after, the team flew to Sochi, its base for the tournament, as those back in their homeland reacted to a win which impressed and boosted expectations of winning an unprecedented sixth world title. "When we release him in the last third of the field, he's lethal".

Before departing to Russia, Brazil defeated Austria 3:0 in a friendly match. The winger only started training with the squad last week after picking up a thigh injury during Juventus' 2-1 win against Verona in the last round of Italy's Serie A top club competition.

While his ultimate goal will be to catch a fellow Santos icon in Pelé, as the three-time World Cup victor stands clear at the top of the list with 77.

They held their first training session on Russian soil ahead of the World Cup. Tite's all-star cast, spearheaded by Neymar, are likely to coast through the group but the second qualifying spot is very much up for grabs with Switzerland and Serbia evenly matched, while Costa Rica are not averse to causing an upset. So, heading into the 2018 World Cup, here are the lowest-ranked sides set to feature in the competition.

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