Neymar pulls up injured in Brazil training

Neymar pulls up injured in Brazil training

Neymar pulls up injured in Brazil training

The result takes Brazil to the top of Group E with four points, while Costa Rica have none and therefore exit the competition.

The Brazilian talisman has called for more protection after claiming he is being cynically and deliberately targeted by opposition players.

Neymar was tipped heavily to shine at this World Cup, but he lacked an end product against the Swiss. Tite said. "I'm limping now after the celebration". The Costa Ricans lost their first group match 1-0 to Serbia.

"We're a national team and we've gotten people used to surprises. I can't evaluate it, but one thing I can tell you: the joy and pride of representing the Selecao is great", he said.

Just over five minutes later, with the game still scoreless, as Neymar accused a Costa Rican defender of time-wasting, Dutch referee Kuipers asked him to back away and placed a hand on his chest.

Brazil only managed a 1-1 tie against Switzerland in the country's first game of the 2018 tournament.

"If we do the math and start playing for a draw then it will not be successful", captain Aleksandar Kolarov said. "We want to win but the coach is not going to play around with a player's health, the price would be too high to pay".

Asked about the reason behind the decision, a Federation Internationale de Football Association spokesperson said: "The colours are actually shared with the teams in April and are only reconfirmed at the match coordination meeting on the day before the match".

Finally, Serbia takes on Switzerland in the last match of the day.

It's not clear how healthy he'll be for the match, and he skipped at least one training session this week.

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