Brazil player ratings as Neymar scores an 8 while Willian gets 7 in 2-0 win against Croatia

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Back in action: Neymar returned for Brazil

There was something to celebrate for Brazil fans as Neymar returned from injury to inspire them to a 2-0 win against Croatia in a World Cup warm-up on Sunday afternoon.

The PSG striker came on at half-time and made an instant impact at Anfield with a sublime solo effort to put the five-time World champions ahead. Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino doubled the team’s tally deep into stoppage time.

Here are our player ratings from the match:

ALISSON: 6 – Didn’t have much to do but palmed out Ante Rebic’s header early on.

MARCELO: 6 –  A solid show by the left-back, who wasn’t afraid to bomb forward on the attack. Unleashed a long-range effort that just fell inches wide.

JOAO MIRANDA: 6 – Gave the ball away from a dangerous position and was fortunate not to pay the price. Gradually found his rhythm to frustrate the Croatians.

THIAGO SILVA: 7 – Showed why he’s one of the first names on the team sheet by using all his experience by blocking out any danger that came his way.

DANILO: 6- Like the rest of his fellow defenders, stepped up his game as the match went on, resulting in a strong defensive showing.

FERNANDINHO: 5 – Didn’t allow Croatia much room to create any opportunities. Replaced at half-time with Neymar.

CASEMIRO: 7 – The Real Madrid man sat deep and provided the protection for his defenders. Provided the assist for Firmino’s strike.

PAULINHO: 5 – Not the best of games for the Barcelona man. Did little to create any goal scoring opportunities and was closely marked.

PHILIPPE COUTINHO: 6 – A quiet first half but the introduction of Neymar after the break saw him drop deeper. Played a key role in Brazil’s opening goal by finding Neymar on the wing for the assist.

GABRIEL JESUS: 5-  A frustrating day for the centre-forward. His team’s lack of creativity restricted his impact. No surprise to see him replaced.

WILLIAN: 7 – One of Brazil’s best players on the pitch. Set up a nice move early on but was unlucky not to finish it off with a goal. Continued to be a threat throughout the match and found Coutinho for Neymar’s goal.

SUBS:

NEYMAR: 8 – All the pre-match conversation was about the world’s expensive player on his competitive return. He lived up to that billing with a stunning solo goal.

ROBERTO FIRMINO: 7 – Came on for Coutinho. Saw a chance go wide but there was still time for the Liverpool striker to get on the scoresheet deep into stoppage time.

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Cenk Tosun (left) receives a red card

There was plenty of drama as World Cup-bound Tunisia drew 2-2 against 10-man Turkey in their international friendly on Friday night.

Everton striker Cenk Tosun was sent off, just moments after his opening goal was cancelled out by Tunisia’s Anice Badri’s volley.

Tunisia thought they had won it when their captain Ferjani Sassi gave them the lead with 11 minutes to go. But Caglar Soyuncu scored from close range for Turkey but his equaliser sparked a pitch invasion by fans.

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Morocco labelled 'high risk' for World Cup 2026 as North American bid remains favourite

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The United bid from Canada, Mexico and the United States has outscored Morocco in FIFA’s 2026 World Cup evaluation report, with the latter branded ‘high risk’ in three areas.

Both bids to host the 48-team 2026 global showpiece have been approved by FIFA’s ‘bid evaluation task force’, the world governing body confirmed on Friday evening, with a final choice – assuming both bids are signed off by the FIFA Council – now set to be made by all of the member associations at the pre-World Cup Congress in Moscow on June 13.

The American-led United bid received an overall score of four out of five, while Morocco’s got 2.7 despite being graded ‘high risk’ for stadiums, accommodation and transport. No part of the American bid was considered ‘high risk’.

The United bid had been regarded as the hot favourite, thanks to its near guarantee of commercial success, choice of world-class venues and the opportunity to grow the game in the world’s richest market, although Morocco has gained ground of late and remains in with a chance of springing an upset after doing enough to convince FIFA its bid is viable.

The five-strong task force – which includes the chairmen of FIFA’s audit and governance committees, as well as former Croatia and AC Milan star Zvonimir Boban, now FIFA’s deputy general secretary – visited both bids to check on proposed venues, meet the bidding committees and clarify technical details.

FIFA’s assessment found that, in Morocco, “a significant number of stadiums still have to be built, with major reconstruction/renovation work also necessary for those that do exist”.

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