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Neymar moves level with Romario

Neymar produced some stunning footwork before sliding the ball home. Photo: Reuters
Neymar produced some stunning footwork before sliding the ball home. Photo: Reuters Sportsdesk

Neymar struck another scintillating goal as Brazil beat Austria 3-0 in Vienna yesterday in their final warm-up match for the World Cup finals.

It was his 55th international goal and the Paris St-Germain striker is now equal third in Brazil's all-time scoring charts with Romario, behind only Ronaldo (62) and Pele (77).

Neymar's moment of magic came on 63 minutes when he latched onto Willian's pass and produced some stunning footwork before sliding the ball home.

Gabriel Jesus had opened the scoring nine minutes before half-time, and Philippe Coutinho added the third on 70 minutes after swapping passes with former Liverpool team-mate Roberto Firmino.

England's opening World Cup opponents Tunisia pushed Spain all the way in a warm-up friendly before losing to a late Iago Aspas goal in Krasnador.

Tunisia were set to earn an impressive draw, only for Celta Vigo striker Aspas to come off the bench and strike with five minutes remaining.

Aspas replaced Jordi Alba with 15 minutes remaining and the 30-year-old, who was the highest-scoring Spaniard in LaLiga last season with 22 goals, came up trumps five minutes from the end to give Julen Lopetegui's side a morale-boosting win ahead of their Group B heavyweight clash with Portugal on Friday.

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