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Brazil without Neymar teach Russia lesson for World Cup

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Brazil’s midfielder Philippe Coutinho controls the ball during an international friendly football match between Russia and Brazil at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on March 23, 2018.Alexander NEMENOV / AFP

• 25 English Fans Arrested
Brazil coasted past Russia at the Luzhniki Stadium yesterday, recording a comfortable 3-0 victory in a pre-World Cup friendly.

The visitors, who played without injured striker, Neymar, peppered the Russia goal in the first half but the sides went into the break on level terms after Igor Akinfeev made a string of saves.

Tite’s men finally took the lead on 53 minutes when Miranda reacted the quickest to stab into the roof of the net from close range.

10 minutes later and it was two. Philippe Coutinho nervelessly converted from the spot after Paulinho was pulled down in the area.

Paulinho then got one for himself, heading in Willian’s cross to put the game to bed.

Meanwhile, twenty-five English football fans were arrested in Amsterdam after violent clashes with the police.

An Amsterdam police force statement said the “drunken” fans had thrown beer bottles at officers.
It comes ahead of England friendly against Holland yesterday night.

England manager Gareth Southgate had called on his team’s supporters to behave, saying it is important for fans to “support us in the right way” and “respect our opponents”.

The arrests come a year after violence marred another England friendly, in Dortmund, Germany, which saw the FA issue some fans with life bans on membership of the England Supporters Travel Club.


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