Neymar goal caps impressive Brazil win over feisty Austria
Jun 13 2018 by Marjorie Miles
But fears of a right-back crisis seem to have been subdued after Danilo's solid performances against Croatia and Austria.
France, who boast "world-class" talent in Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba, according to Australia midfielder Massimo Luongo, are among the tournament favourites in Russian Federation alongside Brazil, Germany and Spain.
Unbeaten now in 10 games, Brazil look very much capable of going all the way in Russian Federation. After cruising to the semifinal of the 2014 World Cup, they were embarrassed on their home soil by Germany, falling 7-1 after the German side scored four goals in six minutes in the first half.
Brazil's 16-year wait for a World Cup must come to an end this summer, according to former striker Ronaldo Nazario. However, he was a different player in Vienna and managed to score his 10th goal in 17 games for Brazil.
Russian Federation was a disputed choice when it was handed the World Cup in a closely watched 2010 vote that has since been tainted by bribery charges and the tournament takes place against a background of global tensions. "We deserved the victory, we played very well", Coutinho said.
Jesus got the ball rolling with Brazil's opening goal. It might give you a panic attack. "I always try to be prepared to play where the coach needs me and contribute in the best way possible".
Brazil are the bookies' tip to win the tournament, with Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia also in Group E alongside Tite's side.
There was little let up after Austria captain Julian Baumgartlinger trod on his ankle in the third minute and Neymar joked the hosts' tactics at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion were more suited to mixed martial arts. "The forecast is that he is fit and ready to train with us", he said.