Brazil ace out of Costa Rica clash

Brazil ace out of Costa Rica clash

Brazil ace out of Costa Rica clash

Brazil's Neymar scores his side's second goal against Costa Rica in the FIFA World Cup at Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia on Friday.

The Brazilian talisman has called for more protection after claiming he is being cynically and deliberately targeted by opposition players. Neymar's strike seven minutes into stoppage time was the latest ever at a World Cup in regular time.

Neymar left Brazil training early on Tuesday after stretching for a ball and complaining about pain in his right ankle, according to Globo.

The Brazilian soccer federation said Thursday that Neymar is just fine and posted photos and a video of him practicing Wednesday with the rest of the squad. Tite said. "I'm limping now after the celebration".

The world's most expensive player was given a rough ride by the Swiss in a 1-1 draw on Sunday, suffering 10 fouls during the match, the most for any player in a single World Cup game for 20 years. "If we don't focus on Nigeria and don't get a result there, then that (Argentina) point is no use for anyone". But they aren't ready to throw in the towel with two games to go.

Switzerland used a strong defense and midfield to stifle Brazil, and midfielder Valon Behrami made the match very hard for Neymar.

Costa Rica's hopes of progress from Group E, meanwhile, are over and coach Oscar Ramirez defended his team's ultra-defensive tactics. I know the group is tough, but against Brazil we have to play good soccer just like Switzerland did.

Brazil fans attending the game are adamant the change in style will be to their benefit after seeing on of the pre-tournament favorites to lift the trophy in Russian Federation stutter in their Group E opener.

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