Neymar Back Training Ahead Of Costa Rica Game, Says Brazilian FA

Heather Diaz
June 21, 2018

Neymar will start for Brazil in an unchanged lineup against Costa Rica on Friday at the World Cup. "In any case, he is in a suitable state to play", Tite said.

"We haven't spoken about [it being a must-win game]", Coutinho told reporters after training.

Argentina, who were held to a 1-1 draw by tiny Iceland, and Brazil, who shared the spoils with Switzerland, both came up against teams happy to sacrifice attacking intent in favour of rigid defensive organisation and Herculean levels of industry.

Neymar is now struggling with pain in his right ankle and missed Brazil's outdoor training session on Monday.

"It's an evolutionary process". We need to take responsibility and our heads have to be in the right place.

The Paris St Germain forward spent much of the match rolling on the floor as the Swiss, who committed 19 fouls, 10 of which were on Neymar, tested his injured foot.

Neymar and his team are set to play.

"Neymar hasn't been bad, but he's been quiet", Brazilian TV analyst and former World Cup striker Walter Casagrande said.

"Absolutely not. The information you got is not true", Tite responded to a Brazilian journalist.

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"You've seen already there have been plenty of surprises", said the Sporting Lisbon playmaker.

Brazil are the most successful country in the World Cup with five titles and they also have the record as the only nation that have participated in every single Mundial, while, Switzerland have qualified for their 11th World Cup - it's their fourth in a row.

Of greater concern to Costa Rica supporters this week were reports of a breakdown in relations among factions of their squad, most notably between Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas and other senior players. Serbia and Brazil then meet on Wednesday in Moscow.

The Central Americans topped a group including Uruguay, Italy and England last time to reach the quarter-finals, and this time are in Brazil's group.

"All games are hard", he said.

They sprung a surprise by progressing in a group consisting of Uruguay, Italy and England four years ago - but have it all to do now in Russian Federation.

In Russia, he's urging his teammates to be fearless.

On the balance of form, it does appear to be likely that both teams will progress through to the next stages, and both teams it is very fair to say have been playing a master class of soccer on the pitch so far in this tournament. "The fight is on".

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