Brazil and Neymar show they’re fully World Cup ready after thrashing Tunisia


PARISBrazil and talisman Neymar appear ready for the World Cup in Qatar later that year after being demolished 5-1 Tunisia at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday. The Parisian public was very supportive of the “Eagles of Carthage”, but it was Selecao Brasileira who demonstrated their potential title data.

Barcelona Rafinha score twice as Tite’s men rioted in the first half in the French capital, and Richarlison added to his double against Ghana with another goal and assist. Neymar was able to score in the Brazilian color in the spiritual home of Paris Saint-Germain from a penalty kick, while Montassart Talbi consoled the Tunisian contingent.

The action was mostly limited to the first half, where Dylan Bronn was fired with a red card before things got dire as Richarlison was the victim of a thrown banana from a Tunisian crowd who were also ordered to stop aiming lasers at Brazilian players. However, the hosts had a second-half try credited by default, which would have cut the deficit before coming on as a substitute. Pedro entered into force towards the end.

The Brazilian Football Association issued a communiqué regarding the Richarlison incident in which they “strongly rejected another episode of racism in football”.

“Fighting racism is not a business,” said Brazilian football president Ednaldo Rodriguez. “But a fundamental change to wipe this kind of crime from the face of the earth. I insist that the punishments should be more severe.”

On the pitch, however, judging by their 3-0 win over Ghana and 5-1 in Paris, Brazil is ready for this World Cup. The five-time champions may be 20 years without success, but they seem poised to go a long way starting in Group G along with Serbia, Switzerlandas well as Cameroon.

Ahead of the highly anticipated first leg against the Serbs at the Lusail Iconic Stadium in Lusail, several of Tite’s key players are in top form. Neymar is the leader, but he is helped by Rafinha, Richarlison, marquinhos and Casemiro, who all contributed against Ghana and then against Tunisia, and the willingness of the PSG player is not surprising.

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The 30-year-old showed up early for pre-season training with Les Parisiens and has looked focused and motivated since the start of the campaign. It seems that the combination of a fresh start under Christophe Galtier and Luis Campos, coupled with the fact that this year has been a World Cup year, has helped Neymar return to the stable form that PSG fans have dreamed of since he arrived in 2017.

This is not to say that this is a one man team, but the fact that he is the focus of such strong camaraderie speaks to his importance to this. Current cut. Given that his collection lacks success at the World Championships and the America’s Cup, but there is time for the latter, there may not be a chance on the world stage.

As for Tunisia, they have had their moments and Jalel Kadri clearly has some talented players in his group, but they were eventually surpassed by a much better team. They can be a handful for the likes France, Denmarkas well as Australiabut it’s probably as good as Qatar this winter.

Have we just seen the new champions? Time will tell, but Brazil looks to be as good a bet as any other country outside of Europe preparing for this winter.