Against Croatia, the Selecao managed to overturn a game in which they struggled with the pressure from Modric & Co.in midfield.
Despite Brazil's chances looking up, coach Tite remains little-known outside his own country where he has spent almost entire career, coaching more than 10 teams, and including three stints at domestic club Corinthians where he made his name. In particular, the defensive midfield role performed by Real Madrid's Casemiro is essential, providing a link between defence and midfield and a shield to the back four.
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Under Tite, Brazil have regained the swagger that has been missing from recent World Cup squads.
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Brazil have not lost since June 2017, a run of 10 games, and have kept 16 clean sheets in 21 games since Tite took over in June 2016.
Paul Pogba's 79th minute strike and a Joseph Yobo own goal in injury time condemned the Eagles to defeat in Brazil 2014.
The five-time World Champions will now shift their focus to their opening World Cup group stage clash against Switzerland.
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Soon after Neymer's goal, which was set up by Chelsea' Willian, Philippe Courinho scored another cracker, after a slick one-two with former Liverpool team-mate Roberto Firmino. "We played another game and we proved to ourselves that we are ready for the World Cup".
The Paris Saint-Germain star has enjoyed a seamless return to football after three months out with a broken foot, which he suffered in action for PSG back in February.