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Brazil touch down in Russia ahead of World Cup

A confident Brazil squad arrived in Russia in the early hours of Monday morning as they set their sights on winning the World Cup for the sixth time.

Brazil’s Firmino, Danilo, Filipe Luis and Miranda descend from the plane upon the team’s arrival at Sochi airport, in Russia on June 11, 2018, ahead of the FIFA World Cup. — AFP Photo

Brazil’s Firmino, Danilo, Filipe Luis and Miranda descend from the plane upon the team’s arrival at Sochi airport, in Russia on June 11, 2018, ahead of the FIFA World Cup. — AFP Photo

Neymar and the rest of the team touched down in Sochi, the Black Sea resort city where they will be based during the tournament, just before 3am local time (0000 GMT) on a flight from Vienna.

They left the Austrian capital on Sunday evening after beating their hosts 3-0 in their final friendly ahead of the World Cup, with Neymar among the scorers.

The world’s most expensive player netted on what was his first start since undergoing surgery on a fractured foot in early March, while Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho scored the other goals against an Austrian side who failed to qualify for the World Cup.

Brazil begin their campaign next Sunday, June 17, when they face Switzerland in Rostov-on-Don.

They will also come up against Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E. — AFP/VNS.

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