Neymar's return from injury 'better than I expected' - Brazil boss Tite

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He quickly made his mark and raised the hopes of Brazilian fans for the World Cup, which starts June 14.

The PSG forward, a half-time replacement for Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho, needed just 24 minutes to show why his presence at the upcoming tournament is so important - and not only to his national team.

Tite wasn't getting carried away, though.

Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino then bagged a goal on his own home turf in injury time, to seal the victory.

"Neymar is going to have ups and downs like he had in training until the third, fourth game (on his return). Not as much as a wide player, he's better though the middle".

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.

"I am here to help Brazil".

Coutinho also tried to leave Liverpool for Barcelona last summer, but the Reds held on to him for a further six months.

Until Neymar stepped onto the pitch it was Croatia which had the best opportunities in a match that seemed headed for a boring draw.

At the same time, Rakitic pushed forward so that Croatia were practically playing a 4-1-3-2 when off the ball, with all five of the attacking players spread to cut down the passing options for Brazil's defenders.

Neymar's strike was a rare moment of quality in a match in which both sets of players seemed eager to keep injury risks to a minimum, with less than two weeks to go until the start of this year's World Cup finals.

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