Neymar leaves training session after 15 minutes

22 June, 2018, 06:18 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Germany's Thomas Mueller walks off the pitch at the end of the group F match between Germany and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow Russia Sunday

The Paris Saint-Germain striker's participation at the finals in Russian Federation had been cast into doubt after he suffered a broken bone in his right foot in late February.

But those fears quickly returned when he pulled up soon after kicking the ball, and after briefly attempting to continue training, the 26-year-old was led away by the team's medical staff for further assessment.

"Brazilians only accept first place, not like some other teams, other countries with tradition, they sometimes land second, third or fourth place and are celebrated".

"Neymar is not yet 100 percent", Brazil coach Tite said Saturday.

However, manager Mladen Krstajic's squad has plenty of quality, and highly rated midfielder Milinkovic-Savic was particularly impressive.

Neymar is the focal point of one of the most menacing attacks in the tournament, and could line up in a front four which includes Gabriel Jesus, Philippe Coutinho and Willian.

Those towering Swiss players took no prisoners, committing 19 fouls to Brazil's 12, 10 of which were on Neymar.

Head coach Vladimir Petkovic could name the same side that drew 1-1 with Brazil, with Haris Seferovic continuing as a lone forward.

Brazil, despite a noticeable competitive advantage, are unable to interrupt a successful series of Switzerland, which in recent times with the destruction started at the world Cup in 1966.

Perhaps Neymar felt that his noodle-esque hairstyle was unlucky, especially given that he and the Selecao could only muster a disappointing 1-1 draw against Switzerland on Sunday evening.

A young German side previous year won the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation, thumping Mexico 4-1 along the way.

Brazil are the most in-form side going into the tournament with 17 wins in 21 games and they offered some thrilling displays in their warm-up friendlies as well.

In all they have faced off eight times, with Brazil having won three, drawn three and lost two.

Yet this was Germany's first opening-game defeat since 1982 and the only time in World Cup history that they, Brazil and Argentina had all failed to win their first matches.

"We know they'll give us some hard moments, games at the highest level demand so much of you and force you to raise your performance".

Neymar will now face a race to full fitness as Brazil next play on Friday against Costa Rica, before Tite's men finish their group fixtures against Serbia on June 27.


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