Brazil face Austria in a friendly next Sunday before they begin their campaign for a sixth World Cup against Switzerland on June 17.
As the half-hour approached, former Anfield favourite Philippe Coutinho fired over and then cut in from the left before sending his attempted shot wildly wide.
Neymar was the poster boy when Brazil hosted the tournament four years ago and excelled in the opening rounds before a back injury sustained in the quarter-finals ended his tournament one game before his team-mates capitulated 7-1 to Germany in the semi-finals.
Brazil head to Russian Federation as one of the favourites but this was a largely flat display, despite Tite choosing to start Gabriel Jesus, Willian and Philippe Coutinho, making his first appearance at the stadium since leaving Liverpool for Barcelona in January.
Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar will play for the first time since February on Sunday, as he's expected to feature in Brazil's friendly against Croatia.
But after the break, the Croatians began to defend deeper and allowed Brazil the space to begin to express themselves - a situation Neymar exploited to the full.
Coutinho also tried to leave Liverpool for Barcelona last summer, but the Reds held on to him for a further six months.
Brazil won the game 2-0.
There were three bookings in a surprisingly feisty first half and Neymar's first involvement off the bench saw him side-step a potentially painful lunge from Lovren, who was trying to halt his run.