Neymar return after injury lay-off hailed by Brazil boss Tite

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Neymar is set to make his first competitive appearance since February after being confirmed as a Brazil substitute for Sunday's clash against Croatia.

While many expect Brazil to be one of the favourites for the forthcoming World Cup, Croatia may have announced themselves as a dark horse - despite ultimately losing the match.

Sidelined since February after undergoing foot surgery, the Paris Saint-Germain crack (the word often used in Spanish for incredible players) will get some precious minutes under his belt as he gears up for the tournament in Russian Federation.

And Neymar needed just 23 minutes to prove how important he is to Brazil's hopes of a sixth world title.

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.

Roberto Firmino added a second in stoppage time to satisfy the home fans on Merseyside.

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Neymar scored in Brazil's 2-0 win over Croatia.

The Selecao face Austria next Sunday in their only other friendly before their opening game against Switzerland on Sunday 17 June.

But after the break, the Croatians began to defend deeper and allowed Brazil the space to begin to express themselves - a situation Neymar exploited to the full.

The defeat was Croatia's second in their last three friendly games (won one) ahead of the FIFA World Cup.

Brazil instantly appeared more threatening, with the PSG man linking up quickly with Jesus.

Defender Dejan Lovren had the best chance to open in a header that grazed Brazil goalkeeper Alisson's right post after a corner.