Neymar the star attraction as fans swarm to Brazil training

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The Selecao star insists the five-time champions are dreaming again of winning the World Cup in Russian Federation after cruising past Austria 3-0 in their final hit-out ahead of the tournament.

Marcelo's shot ricocheted off the Austrian block to fall kindly for Jesus, who pounced on it like a predator waiting to ambush the prey to curl a venomous effort into the bottom corner. Philippe Coutinho added a third after being sent deep by Roberto Firmino 20 minutes from the end. He stayed on for nearly the entire game, being replaced in the 84th by Douglas Costa.

"If [Austria] opens up in defence, 'go for it, ' I told him at the break".

Neymar was running at full stride against Austria.

He made his comeback in Brazil's World Cup warm-up friendly against Croatia and scored a spectacular goal off the bench at Anfield earlier this month. Shortly after, the team flew to Sochi, its base for the tournament, as those back in their homeland reacted to a win which impressed and boosted expectations of winning an unprecedented sixth world title.

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The first scare came in the third minute following a late tackle from behind by midfielder Alessandro Schoepf.

Costa's return was also good news for Tite.

But as the clock ticks down to the opener in Moscow's imposing 80,000-capacity Luzhniki stadium, the tournament is beginning to catch the public mood, with about 3,500 fans attending Australia's training session in the central city of Kazan. "We played another game and we proved to ourselves that we are ready for the World Cup". Fred underwent further examinations in Vienna this weekend.

On Sunday, those in a bitterly divided land may put their differences to one side and finally unite in order to get behind a team reimagined under Tite and with a genuine chance of going all the way in Russian Federation.

Owen believes that Brazil, whose 2014 World Cup ended in such disappointment, will bounce back and lift their first trophy since 2002. So, heading into the 2018 World Cup, here are the lowest-ranked sides set to feature in the competition.

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