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Neymar and Firmino for victory

Brazil overcomes
Croatia challenge at

Brazil overcomes Croatia challenge at Anfield
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In a friendly international at Anfield, Brazil defeated Croatia 2:0, courtesy of Neymar and Firmino second-half goals.

BRAZIL - CROATIA 2:0 (0:0)
International friendly.
Anfield Stadium, Liverpool.

Referee: M. Oliver (England)

Goals: 1:0 - Neymar (69'), 2:0 - Firmino (90+3')

Cautions: Kramarić (13'), Perišić (38'), Fernandinho (40'), Rakitić (79')

Brazil: Alisson, Marcelo (60' Filipe Luis), Thiago Silva, Miranda (65' Marquinhos), Danilo, Casemiro, Fernandinho (46' Neymar), Paulinho, Willian (81' Taison), Coutinho (81' Fred), Gabriel Jesus (60' Firmino). Head coach: Tite.

Croatia: Subašić, Vida, Ćorluka (52' Ćaleta-Car), Lovren, Vrsaljko (87' Jedvaj), Badelj (61' Brozović), Rakitić (83' Bradarić), Modrić (58' Kovačić), Perišić, Rebić (64' Pjaca), Kramarić. Head coach: Z. Dalić.

In the first of the two international friendlies scheduled in the final preparation stage for the World Cup, Croatia faced Brazil at the iconic Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, with five-time world champions securing the victory.

The Vatreni have performed very well in the first 45 minutes, with Lovren, Kramarić i Rebić threatening the Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson, while it was Willian on the other side who had a dangerous shot blocked.

After the break, both teams have used all of their six substitutions. Young defender Ćaleta-Car made his senior debut, and Brazil capitalized on a better performance, scoring on two occasions.

On 69 minute, Coutinho found Neymar, and the Brazilian superstar avoided defensive obstacles to fire under the Subašić's bar. Three minutes into added time, Firmino escaped to chip the ball and make it 2:0.

Rebić came close for Croatia on 59 minute, trying a header following Kramarić's cross. Immediately after the match, the Vatreni returned to their homeland to continue the FIFA World Cup preparations.

The final friendly test for Croatia is scheduled on 8 June, against Senegal in Osijek.

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