The goal tied Neymar with Brazilian legend Romario for third on the country's all-time goalscoring charts.
Against Austria, he had no attempt on goal in the opening hour but went down three times following rough challenges by the home side.
In his blog on UOL Esporte, respected journalist Paulo Vinicius Coelho, known as PVC, noted how Brazil had "transformed a hard game into an easy [one]" by beating an Austria side that had won its last seven fixtures. "Sixty percent of our goals are scored in the second half". We managed to play, involve their team and make another big game.
Brazil had spent 10 days preparing at Tottenham's training ground and beat Croatia 2-0 in Liverpool last week before Sunday's victory. He was unmarked on the left side of the area when Marcelo's deflected shot came his way and he curled the ball past Lindner before it hit the far post and went in.
Manchester City's precocious striker is likely to get the nod, despite his injury-interrupted campaign for the Premier League champions, and with a record of nine goals in 16 appearances the 21-year-old has proved he belongs at this level already. Several users shared the video on various social media platforms showing the members of the Selecao having a gala time ahead of the World Cup. "I always try to be prepared to play where the coach needs me and contribute in the best way possible".
Today, Brazil ace Coutinho - who secured a stunning £142m move to Barcelona back in January - is celebrating his 26th birthday.
"We've just lost three finals in a row, which has led to us going through some hard moments with the press", the Barcelona forward said.