Firmino joins Brazil squad in London

The Liverpool player returned to the pitch on Tuesday, two days after the Champions League final in Kiev, where his team lost to Real Madrid.

Brazil’s Firmino controls the ball during a training session in London on Tuesday.   -  AP

Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino joined his Brazil team-mates for practice ahead of a weekend pre-World Cup friendly against Croatia, according to EFE news agency.

Firmino returned to the pitch on Tuesday, two days after the Champions League final in Kiev, where his team lost to Real Madrid.

The Brazilian squad is gathered at Tottenham Hotspur’s academy in London to prepare for Sunday’s clash with Croatia in Liverpool. While Tuesday morning's session was devoted to fitness, the afternoon practice saw coach Tite divide his players into two sides for some tactical drills, Brazil's CBF football federation said.

Practice for set-pieces

The coach had Taffaral and Sylvinho send crosses into the box in quick succession to give his defenders practice dealing with set-pieces. A week after the contest with Croatia, Brazil will face Austria in Vienna in its final friendly before heading to Russia for the 2018 World Cup.

Five-time winner Brazil is seen as one of the favourites heading into the tournament, where it is drawn in Group E with Switzerland, Costa Rica, and Serbia.