Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Spotlight on Neymar as Brazil aim to find form

Neymar limped out of a training session on Tuesday after appearing to hurt his right ankle. "All of the players have this responsibility of playing for the collective (good) and being individuals".

There was no shortage of tough tackling on display as Costa Rica lost 1-0 to Serbia in their first group outing, but Ramirez told a pre-match news conference at St Petersburg's Krestovsky Stadium his players will not resort to illegality with their place at Russian Federation 2018 on the line. But on Wednesday, the Brazilian soccer confederation posted photos and a video of Neymar training with the rest of the squad and said he was fine. Having lost their first game to Serbia, Costa Rica needs to win this if they hope to stave off elimination.

An improvement will be needed against Costa Rica and more will be demanded of Neymar.

It feels like a potential must-win for Brazil, and it expects to pick up three points here against a Costa Rica team that didn't create much in attack in the opener.

A win over Switzerland in their second game in Kaliningrad would guarantee Serbia a place in the knockout stages, regardless of the outcome of their final group match with Brazil. "Whenever we defend our colours and our shirt we want to win".

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But Tite confirmed he will put his faith in the same XI that started against Switzerland in Saint Petersburg as Brazil look to kickstart their quest for a sixth World Cup.

In Group D, Nigeria must raise their game against Iceland after a 2-0 defeat by Croatia to avoid being dumped out after just two games.

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr batted back a question about his job possibly being on the line were the Super Eagles to suffer a similar fate as African rivals Egypt and Morocco.

The Selecao have lost only one of their 22 games since Tite took over the hot seat, and are among the favourites in Russian Federation.

Tite's side were held to a 1-1 draw against Switzerland in their opening fixture last Sunday.

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