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Neymar leads 4-0 Brazil romp in World Cup warmup

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GOIANIA, June 3 (Xinhua) -- Neymar scored a goal and set up two others as Brazil warmed up for the World Cup with a 4-0 victory over Panama on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old forward gave Brazil the lead in the 26th minute by curling a free kick into the top corner at the Serra Dourada stadium.

His Barcelona teammate Dani Alves doubled the hosts' lead by driving in from distance before Neymar's deft backheel released Hulk, whose powerful first-time shot left Adolfo Machado with no chance.

Neymar then had a hand in the fourth goal when his through ball was squared by Maxwell to William. The Chelsea midfielder then blasted the ball into an unguarded net.

Despite being widely acclaimed as best on the pitch, Neymar insisted he is yet to regain full fitness after an ankle injury.

"I'm happy to be where I am now (but) I'm not at my best yet," Neymar said.

"This last month after being out for a month I feel about 70 percent."

Brazil will play another warmup match against Serbia on June 6 before their World Cup opener against Croatia six days later.

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