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Neymar to start Brazil v Costa Rica, coach Tite confirms

21 June, 2018, 17:49 | Author: Carla Brady
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Neymar was back in training for Brazil on Wednesday ahead of their World Cup clash with Costa Rica, 24 hours after limping out of a session with an ankle problem.

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.

However the 26-year-old forward has shown little signs of rust since returning for Brazil, scoring in consecutive friendlies on the eve of the finals.

Prior to those games Alexsandr Kolarov's wonderful free-kick handed Serbia a deserved 1-0 win over Costa Rica. Although Rodrigo Lamer said Neymar wouldn't receive any special treatment as he was "fully fit", the player was only able to complete a small part of the session.

Switzerland have regularly shown they are capable of punching above their weight, having only narrowly missed out on automatic qualification to Russian Federation on goal difference behind Portugal.

Switzerland will play their first Group E match against five-time World Cup winners Brazil at the Rostov Arena here on Sunday.

Day four of the 2018 World Cup is upon us and two of the pre-tournament favourites get their campaigns underway today.

Neymar was sidelined for about three months because of the injury and was not fully fit when he arrived in Russian Federation for the World Cup.




Among those good things is a record of 17 wins, three draws and one defeat in Brazil's last 21 games.

The Selecao could only manage to draw against the Europeans in their opening group match of the World Cup, with Philippe Coutinho's opener being cancelled out by a Steven Zuber header just after the restart.

The magnitude of that task is not lost on Loew.

"There was a lot of pressure and it was translated into too much speed in our last move and that means you are not precise", he said in his post-game press conference.

Add in 2010 champions Spain failing to beat Portugal and France's struggle to overcome one of the supposedly weakest Australia sides in recent years and a pattern emerges. Players from both teams rushed toward the scrum but it was quickly diffused.

"We had 20 shots, but majority were off target, if we had more focus, we could have worked their goalkeeper more", he said.

Since Tite took over, Brazil has lost only once in 21 matches and was the first of 31 teams to qualify for the World Cup in Russian Federation.

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