Neymar-less Brazil cruise past Russia

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Brazil scored three goals in 13 minutes to ease past World Cup hosts Russia in a friendly in Moscow.
After a goalless first half, Miranda opened the scoring at the Luzhniki Stadium, which will host seven matches at this summer’s tournament including the final.
Philippe Coutinho scored a penalty for Brazil’s second before Paulinho headed in a third from close range.
Five-time world champions Brazil are now unbeaten in eight games.
They showed no sign of missing Paris St-Germain forward Neymar, who faces a race against time to be fit for this summer’s tournament after undergoing surgery on an injured right foot.
Brazil dominated the first half but it wasn’t until after the break that they broke the deadlock, when Inter Milan defender Miranda slotted home a rebound after Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev made a good save.
Paulinho was pulled down in the penalty area by Aleksandr Golovin, with Barcelona team-mate Coutinho coolly scoring the spot-kick for his ninth international goal.
Midfielder Paulinho then found himself unmarked to head home Willian’s cross.
Brazil’s next friendly is against Germany on Tuesday in Berlin, while Russia faces France in St. Petersburg. (BBC Sport)

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