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After doubts over his possible involvement in World Cup following a serious injury suffered while playing for PSG over three months ago, Neymar has returned to playing football, making an instant impact in front of goal for Brazil in 2-0 win over Croatia during pre World Cup friendly match on Sunday.

It took him just 23 minutes to show how important he is to the squad after coming off the bench to replace Fernandinho at half time, scoring a fabulous solo goal to put Brazil ahead.

Receiving a pass from Philippe Coutinho, Neymar cut into the area, beating Sime Vrsaljko and Duje Caleta-Car with impressive close control and dribbling, before burying a shot into the roof of the goal, via the crossbar, from the edge of the six-yard area.

Neymar ran behind the goal, in front of Anfield’s legendary Kop End, and punched the air in obvious delight as he was mobbed by team-mates.

The sublime strike leaves Neymar on 54 goals for his national team, one behind Romario, who is third on the country’s all-time list, and with only Pele and Ronaldo ahead of him in the Brazil record books.

Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino, on his home ground, completed the victory in stoppage time when he controlled a through ball on his chest and calmly beat the advancing keeper with a delicate lob.

Neymar’s return will be very crucial to the Brazil national team ahead of the World cup and he can only hope to help them lift their sixth title.

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