Brazil soccer star Neymar

World-class soccer player Neymar leads the Brazil team at the Olympics.

Brazil's (from L) Marcelo, Neymar and Paulinho attend a training session in Saint Petersburg on June 21, on the eve of their Russia 2018 World Cup Group E match against Costa Rica (AFP Photo/CHRISTOPHE SIMON)
Brazil's (from L) Marcelo, Neymar and Paulinho attend a training session in Saint Petersburg on June 21, on the eve of their Russia 2018 World Cup Group E match against Costa Rica
Brazil's (from L) Marcelo, Neymar and Paulinho attend a training session in Saint Petersburg on June 21, on the eve of their Russia 2018 World Cup Group E match against Costa Rica (AFP Photo/CHRISTOPHE SIMON)
What is it? It's the Group E fixture between Brazil and Costa Rica where anything but victory could leave the Brazilians, one of the favourites in Russia, in a difficult position to advance to the knockout stages. When is it? Friday, June 22. What time is kick-off? It will start at 1pm BST. What TV channel is it on? You can watch live coverage on ITV or ITV HD. Alternatively, you can follow our live blog. Where is the game being played? It's taking place at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg. World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium What is the team news? Brazil have been going to great lengths to make sure everyone knows Neymar is fit. A day after he limped out of training and raised further doubts about his physical condition in Russia, Brazil's Football Federation was quick to tell the world the team's biggest star was just fine. Brazil had a closed practice session on Wednesday, but the federation posted photos and a video of Neymar in action in training with the rest of the squad. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game One of the photos showed the playmaker touching the ball with his injured right ankle. The images showed him exchanging passes and making challenges. In a longer version of the video sent to journalists, Neymar took free kicks. "Neymar practiced the whole time," Brazil later said on their official website. "He showed confidence and participated actively during the whole session." What's the latest news? Costa Rica are on the back foot having lost to Serbia in their opening game. "I don't think it was clear that any team deserved to win that game, but sometimes football is very complex - there's a very thin line between winning and losing," Costa Rica midfielder Celso Borges said. The Costa Ricans, however, will not fall into the trap of focusing all their defensive efforts on Brazil playmaker Neymar. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage "If you concentrate too much on one guy, they can just put on another in attack, so you just have to be very organised, have good communication and marking. You can have everything planned but with this kind of player, it's tough," Borges added. Even with a decent result on Friday, Costa Rica face an uphill task in their final group game against a Swiss side that drew 1-1 with Brazil in their Group E opener, but Borges said the squad could still advance to the knockout rounds. "We Costa Ricans are capable of great things when we join together and stay tight. I always think there's a possibility," he said. What are the odds? Brazil 2/9 Costa Rica 18/1 Draw 11/2 What's our prediction? Brazil have a solid record against their south American rivals with their only defeat in nine meetings coming way back in 1960. We're predicting a comfortable win for Tite's side. Prediction: Brazil 2 Costa Rica 0.
World Cup 2018, Brazil vs Costa Rica: What time is kick-off today, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?
What is it? It's the Group E fixture between Brazil and Costa Rica where anything but victory could leave the Brazilians, one of the favourites in Russia, in a difficult position to advance to the knockout stages. When is it? Friday, June 22. What time is kick-off? It will start at 1pm BST. What TV channel is it on? You can watch live coverage on ITV or ITV HD. Alternatively, you can follow our live blog. Where is the game being played? It's taking place at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg. World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium What is the team news? Brazil have been going to great lengths to make sure everyone knows Neymar is fit. A day after he limped out of training and raised further doubts about his physical condition in Russia, Brazil's Football Federation was quick to tell the world the team's biggest star was just fine. Brazil had a closed practice session on Wednesday, but the federation posted photos and a video of Neymar in action in training with the rest of the squad. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game One of the photos showed the playmaker touching the ball with his injured right ankle. The images showed him exchanging passes and making challenges. In a longer version of the video sent to journalists, Neymar took free kicks. "Neymar practiced the whole time," Brazil later said on their official website. "He showed confidence and participated actively during the whole session." What's the latest news? Costa Rica are on the back foot having lost to Serbia in their opening game. "I don't think it was clear that any team deserved to win that game, but sometimes football is very complex - there's a very thin line between winning and losing," Costa Rica midfielder Celso Borges said. The Costa Ricans, however, will not fall into the trap of focusing all their defensive efforts on Brazil playmaker Neymar. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage "If you concentrate too much on one guy, they can just put on another in attack, so you just have to be very organised, have good communication and marking. You can have everything planned but with this kind of player, it's tough," Borges added. Even with a decent result on Friday, Costa Rica face an uphill task in their final group game against a Swiss side that drew 1-1 with Brazil in their Group E opener, but Borges said the squad could still advance to the knockout rounds. "We Costa Ricans are capable of great things when we join together and stay tight. I always think there's a possibility," he said. What are the odds? Brazil 2/9 Costa Rica 18/1 Draw 11/2 What's our prediction? Brazil have a solid record against their south American rivals with their only defeat in nine meetings coming way back in 1960. We're predicting a comfortable win for Tite's side. Prediction: Brazil 2 Costa Rica 0.
Brazil head coach Tite, right, and Neymar practice during a training session in Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Brazil will face Costa Rica on June 22 in the group E for the soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Neymar to start in unchanged Brazil team to face Costa Rica
Brazil head coach Tite, right, and Neymar practice during a training session in Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Brazil will face Costa Rica on June 22 in the group E for the soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Brazil head coach Tite attends a training session in Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Brazil will face Costa Rica on June 22 in the group E for the soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Neymar to start in unchanged Brazil team to face Costa Rica
Brazil head coach Tite attends a training session in Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Brazil will face Costa Rica on June 22 in the group E for the soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Brazil's Neymar attends Brazil's official training on the eve of the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Neymar to start in unchanged Brazil team to face Costa Rica
Brazil's Neymar attends Brazil's official training on the eve of the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Brazil's Neymar, right, leaves a training session because of pain in his right ankle, in Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Brazil will face Costa Rica on June 22 in the group E for the soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Neymar to start in unchanged Brazil team to face Costa Rica
Brazil's Neymar, right, leaves a training session because of pain in his right ankle, in Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Brazil will face Costa Rica on June 22 in the group E for the soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Brazil's Neymar leaves a training session because of pain in his right ankle, in Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Brazil will face Costa Rica on June 22 in the group E for the soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Neymar to start in unchanged Brazil team to face Costa Rica
Brazil's Neymar leaves a training session because of pain in his right ankle, in Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Brazil will face Costa Rica on June 22 in the group E for the soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Brazil's Neymar, centre, exercises with his teammates during Brazil's official training on the eve of the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Neymar to start in unchanged Brazil team to face Costa Rica
Brazil's Neymar, centre, exercises with his teammates during Brazil's official training on the eve of the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Brazil's Neymar, centre, exercises during Brazil's official training on the eve of the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Neymar to start in unchanged Brazil team to face Costa Rica
Brazil's Neymar, centre, exercises during Brazil's official training on the eve of the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Egypt's Mohamed Salah leaves the pitch without going to his fans, disappointed after losing the group A match between Russia and Egypt at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Salah, Neymar, Messi, messy, messy: World Cup stars stifled
Egypt's Mohamed Salah leaves the pitch without going to his fans, disappointed after losing the group A match between Russia and Egypt at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Argentina's Lionel Messi, right, leaves the pitch as Croatia's Sime Vrsaljko celebrates his side's 3-0 victory at the end of the group D match between Argentina and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Novgorod, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Salah, Neymar, Messi, messy, messy: World Cup stars stifled
Argentina's Lionel Messi, right, leaves the pitch as Croatia's Sime Vrsaljko celebrates his side's 3-0 victory at the end of the group D match between Argentina and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Novgorod, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Brazil's Neymar leaves after the group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. The match ended 1-1. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Salah, Neymar, Messi, messy, messy: World Cup stars stifled
Brazil's Neymar leaves after the group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. The match ended 1-1. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Australia goalkeeper Mathew Ryan, right, makes a save in front of France's Kylian Mbappe during the group C match between France and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Salah, Neymar, Messi, messy, messy: World Cup stars stifled
Australia goalkeeper Mathew Ryan, right, makes a save in front of France's Kylian Mbappe during the group C match between France and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Colombia's Radamel Falcao, left, plays the ball during the group H match between Colombia and Japan at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Mordavia Arena in Saransk, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
Salah, Neymar, Messi, messy, messy: World Cup stars stifled
Colombia's Radamel Falcao, left, plays the ball during the group H match between Colombia and Japan at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Mordavia Arena in Saransk, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
Iceland's Emil Hallfredsson reacts after colliding with Argentina's Lionel Messi, left, during the group D match between Argentina and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
Salah, Neymar, Messi, messy, messy: World Cup stars stifled
Iceland's Emil Hallfredsson reacts after colliding with Argentina's Lionel Messi, left, during the group D match between Argentina and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
On CBS Sports HQ, soccer analyst Thomas Rongen joins Chris Hassel to provide an update on Neymar's health and to break down the impact his injury could have.
Potential impact of Neymar's injury
On CBS Sports HQ, soccer analyst Thomas Rongen joins Chris Hassel to provide an update on Neymar's health and to break down the impact his injury could have.
On CBS Sports HQ, soccer analyst Thomas Rongen joins Chris Hassel to provide an update on Neymar's health and to break down the impact his injury could have.
Potential impact of Neymar's injury
On CBS Sports HQ, soccer analyst Thomas Rongen joins Chris Hassel to provide an update on Neymar's health and to break down the impact his injury could have.
On CBS Sports HQ, soccer analyst Thomas Rongen joins Chris Hassel to provide an update on Neymar's health and to break down the impact his injury could have.
Potential impact of Neymar's injury
On CBS Sports HQ, soccer analyst Thomas Rongen joins Chris Hassel to provide an update on Neymar's health and to break down the impact his injury could have.
On CBS Sports HQ, soccer analyst Thomas Rongen joins Chris Hassel to provide an update on Neymar's health and to break down the impact his injury could have.
Potential impact of Neymar's injury
On CBS Sports HQ, soccer analyst Thomas Rongen joins Chris Hassel to provide an update on Neymar's health and to break down the impact his injury could have.
On CBS Sports HQ, soccer analyst Thomas Rongen joins Chris Hassel to provide an update on Neymar's health and to break down the impact his injury could have.
Potential impact of Neymar's injury
On CBS Sports HQ, soccer analyst Thomas Rongen joins Chris Hassel to provide an update on Neymar's health and to break down the impact his injury could have.
On CBS Sports HQ, soccer analyst Thomas Rongen joins Chris Hassel to provide an update on Neymar's health and to break down the impact his injury could have.
Potential impact of Neymar's injury
On CBS Sports HQ, soccer analyst Thomas Rongen joins Chris Hassel to provide an update on Neymar's health and to break down the impact his injury could have.
On CBS Sports HQ, soccer analyst Thomas Rongen joins Chris Hassel to provide an update on Neymar's health and to break down the impact his injury could have.
Potential impact of Neymar's injury
On CBS Sports HQ, soccer analyst Thomas Rongen joins Chris Hassel to provide an update on Neymar's health and to break down the impact his injury could have.
The PSG star came in for rough treatment when Brazil played Switzerland but Oscar Ramirez says Costa Rica will not go out to kick him
No attacks on Neymar, pledges Costa Rica boss Ramirez
The PSG star came in for rough treatment when Brazil played Switzerland but Oscar Ramirez says Costa Rica will not go out to kick him
Neymar came in for rough treatment when Brazil played Switzerland but Oscar Ramirez says Costa Rica will not go out to kick the PSG star.
No attacks on Neymar, pledges Costa Rica boss Ramirez
Neymar came in for rough treatment when Brazil played Switzerland but Oscar Ramirez says Costa Rica will not go out to kick the PSG star.
Brazil's Neymar, right, and Marcelo exercise during Brazil's official training on the eve of the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Brazil and Neymar try to bounce back from World Cup draw
Brazil's Neymar, right, and Marcelo exercise during Brazil's official training on the eve of the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Serbia's Aleksandar Kolarov flashes the Serbian three-finger salute as he celebrates his team's victory over Costa Rica after the group E match between Costa Rica and Serbia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Brazil and Neymar try to bounce back from World Cup draw
Serbia's Aleksandar Kolarov flashes the Serbian three-finger salute as he celebrates his team's victory over Costa Rica after the group E match between Costa Rica and Serbia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Iceland's Hordur Magnusson talks to fans after the group D match between Argentina and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Victor Caivano)
Brazil and Neymar try to bounce back from World Cup draw
Iceland's Hordur Magnusson talks to fans after the group D match between Argentina and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Victor Caivano)
Soccer Football - World Cup - Brazil Training - Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia - June 21, 2018 Brazil's Neymar during training REUTERS/Henry Romero
World Cup - Brazil Training
Soccer Football - World Cup - Brazil Training - Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia - June 21, 2018 Brazil's Neymar during training REUTERS/Henry Romero
Soccer Football - World Cup - Brazil Training - Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia - June 21, 2018 Brazil's Neymar during training REUTERS/Henry Romero
World Cup - Brazil Training
Soccer Football - World Cup - Brazil Training - Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia - June 21, 2018 Brazil's Neymar during training REUTERS/Henry Romero
Four years after they held his shirt up during the anthems in the 7-1 defeat to Germany, Brazil still feel like the Neymar Show, with the manager forced to deny he has told the team’s global star to be less selfish against Costa Rica in game two. “It’s a lie,” declared Adenor Bacchi, better known as Tite, at the Saint Petersburg Stadium where Brazil will endeavour to improve on their 1-1 draw with Switzerland. In a media conference dominated by the world’s most expensive player, Tite was interrogated about suggestions back in Brazil that Neymar played his own private game against the Swiss and was asked to change his ways against Costa Rica. “I don’t like to personalise it, but absolutely not,” Tite told a Brazilian reporter. “The information you have is not true, not to say - it’s a lie, that didn’t happen. All the players have the responsibility of playing for the collective but also being an individual. I’m not going to take away from him his ingenuity in the final third of the field - his genius. You have my word - this is not true. “The last third of the pitch - you have to go there, you have to create. I’m not going to take that away from anyone. The full-back [in you own team]? Yes, you have to keep an eye on him. But you have to create.” To find Neymar at the centre of attention four years after he missed the calamitous loss to Germany in Belo Horizonte through injury is hardly surprising, given his subsequent €222 million move to Paris Saint-Germain, and the constant dramas around his happiness, or otherwise, in France. The most heavily-branded player in Brazilian football history has also just returned from a foot fracture and limped out of training this week, only to return in time for Tite to name an unchanged team for Saint Petersburg. Neymar was fouled 10 times by Switzerland Credit: barcroft images With all this going on, you might forget that Brazil can also call on Gabriel Jesus, their first-choice centre-forward, Roberto Firmino, who replaced Jesus in Rostov-on-Don, Philippe Coutinho, who scored a sumptuous curled goal against Switzerland, and Douglas Costa, who many thought should have come on for Neymar in the opening Group E match. Brazil qualified for this World Cup impressively with 10 wins, two draws and 30 goals to start the long process of recovering from the mortification of 2014. Yet a failure to beat Costa Rica would extend to four their run of World Cup matches without a victory, matching the barren spell of 1974-78. Only in Pele’s homeland could a sequence of four win-less game be cast as a looming disaster. Tite’s team, on the other hand, are unbeaten in 13 while Costa Rica have lost seven of their last nine. Tite, though, has plainly staked his reputation on his household name and crowd-pleaser - Neymar - who was fouled 10 times by Switzerland, from a total of 19 fouls against the Selecao. Brazil were sufficiently rattled by that game to claim VAR was underused, but now Tite is retreating from that position. He says: “I don’t want any kind of advantage, we don’t need an advantage, we don’t want an advantage. We want to say we won because we played better. We respect the opponent.” Costa Rica’s coach, Oscar Ramirez, promised to play fair. “People have tried to stop him [Neymar] a little aggressively,” Ramirez said here. “Maybe we’ll cover him with two players. Of course we don’t want to see any unfair challenges against him.” Tite, meanwhile, insists Neymar’s hobbling in mid-week was not a recurrence of his old injury: “No, he had a blow there, but I think it was three-and-a-half months before he played his first game of 90 minutes. There’s a science and a lot of tranquility here. It’s a minimum of five matches you need to be spot on, and he’s already speeded up the process. There’s an evolution going on here, don’t worry. test - do not delete “You just speed up the steps, there’s no sacrifice. The coach is not going to play with a player’s health. That’s too high a price to pay. No way, no compromise.” Despite the draw with Switzerland, the mood in Brazil remains largely sanguine. England, it seems, are not the only side making an effort to communicate with their public directly, with social media posts multiplying. Tite said: “Of course the love of the fans brings a very strong emotional component and of course we’re happy with that. Parallel to that, there is a very high level of concentration. You have to be very focused and level-headed. Over the 90 minutes you have to bring the love of the fans and use it to play with lucidity. With emotion and reason.” Brazil in training Credit: afp Brazil’s rotating captaincy falls to Thiago Silva, the leader four years ago on home soil, who says: “The fight is on.” The Brazilian media circus retains its capacity to amaze and delight. Among the questions put to Thiago was how the team are coping with Saint Petersburg’s ‘White Nights’, in which, during May and June, darkness never quite seems to fall. With curtains might seem the obvious answer, but Thiago said: “We were told to turn off the ipad and cellphone to fall asleep; talking to friends and family in Brazil - this is going to give us sleeping problems.” Presumably the only topic of conversation is Neymar. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Brazil's World Cup is in danger of turning into the Neymar Show again
Four years after they held his shirt up during the anthems in the 7-1 defeat to Germany, Brazil still feel like the Neymar Show, with the manager forced to deny he has told the team’s global star to be less selfish against Costa Rica in game two. “It’s a lie,” declared Adenor Bacchi, better known as Tite, at the Saint Petersburg Stadium where Brazil will endeavour to improve on their 1-1 draw with Switzerland. In a media conference dominated by the world’s most expensive player, Tite was interrogated about suggestions back in Brazil that Neymar played his own private game against the Swiss and was asked to change his ways against Costa Rica. “I don’t like to personalise it, but absolutely not,” Tite told a Brazilian reporter. “The information you have is not true, not to say - it’s a lie, that didn’t happen. All the players have the responsibility of playing for the collective but also being an individual. I’m not going to take away from him his ingenuity in the final third of the field - his genius. You have my word - this is not true. “The last third of the pitch - you have to go there, you have to create. I’m not going to take that away from anyone. The full-back [in you own team]? Yes, you have to keep an eye on him. But you have to create.” To find Neymar at the centre of attention four years after he missed the calamitous loss to Germany in Belo Horizonte through injury is hardly surprising, given his subsequent €222 million move to Paris Saint-Germain, and the constant dramas around his happiness, or otherwise, in France. The most heavily-branded player in Brazilian football history has also just returned from a foot fracture and limped out of training this week, only to return in time for Tite to name an unchanged team for Saint Petersburg. Neymar was fouled 10 times by Switzerland Credit: barcroft images With all this going on, you might forget that Brazil can also call on Gabriel Jesus, their first-choice centre-forward, Roberto Firmino, who replaced Jesus in Rostov-on-Don, Philippe Coutinho, who scored a sumptuous curled goal against Switzerland, and Douglas Costa, who many thought should have come on for Neymar in the opening Group E match. Brazil qualified for this World Cup impressively with 10 wins, two draws and 30 goals to start the long process of recovering from the mortification of 2014. Yet a failure to beat Costa Rica would extend to four their run of World Cup matches without a victory, matching the barren spell of 1974-78. Only in Pele’s homeland could a sequence of four win-less game be cast as a looming disaster. Tite’s team, on the other hand, are unbeaten in 13 while Costa Rica have lost seven of their last nine. Tite, though, has plainly staked his reputation on his household name and crowd-pleaser - Neymar - who was fouled 10 times by Switzerland, from a total of 19 fouls against the Selecao. Brazil were sufficiently rattled by that game to claim VAR was underused, but now Tite is retreating from that position. He says: “I don’t want any kind of advantage, we don’t need an advantage, we don’t want an advantage. We want to say we won because we played better. We respect the opponent.” Costa Rica’s coach, Oscar Ramirez, promised to play fair. “People have tried to stop him [Neymar] a little aggressively,” Ramirez said here. “Maybe we’ll cover him with two players. Of course we don’t want to see any unfair challenges against him.” Tite, meanwhile, insists Neymar’s hobbling in mid-week was not a recurrence of his old injury: “No, he had a blow there, but I think it was three-and-a-half months before he played his first game of 90 minutes. There’s a science and a lot of tranquility here. It’s a minimum of five matches you need to be spot on, and he’s already speeded up the process. There’s an evolution going on here, don’t worry. test - do not delete “You just speed up the steps, there’s no sacrifice. The coach is not going to play with a player’s health. That’s too high a price to pay. No way, no compromise.” Despite the draw with Switzerland, the mood in Brazil remains largely sanguine. England, it seems, are not the only side making an effort to communicate with their public directly, with social media posts multiplying. Tite said: “Of course the love of the fans brings a very strong emotional component and of course we’re happy with that. Parallel to that, there is a very high level of concentration. You have to be very focused and level-headed. Over the 90 minutes you have to bring the love of the fans and use it to play with lucidity. With emotion and reason.” Brazil in training Credit: afp Brazil’s rotating captaincy falls to Thiago Silva, the leader four years ago on home soil, who says: “The fight is on.” The Brazilian media circus retains its capacity to amaze and delight. Among the questions put to Thiago was how the team are coping with Saint Petersburg’s ‘White Nights’, in which, during May and June, darkness never quite seems to fall. With curtains might seem the obvious answer, but Thiago said: “We were told to turn off the ipad and cellphone to fall asleep; talking to friends and family in Brazil - this is going to give us sleeping problems.” Presumably the only topic of conversation is Neymar. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Four years after they held his shirt up during the anthems in the 7-1 defeat to Germany, Brazil still feel like the Neymar Show, with the manager forced to deny he has told the team’s global star to be less selfish against Costa Rica in game two. “It’s a lie,” declared Adenor Bacchi, better known as Tite, at the Saint Petersburg Stadium where Brazil will endeavour to improve on their 1-1 draw with Switzerland. In a media conference dominated by the world’s most expensive player, Tite was interrogated about suggestions back in Brazil that Neymar played his own private game against the Swiss and was asked to change his ways against Costa Rica. “I don’t like to personalise it, but absolutely not,” Tite told a Brazilian reporter. “The information you have is not true, not to say - it’s a lie, that didn’t happen. All the players have the responsibility of playing for the collective but also being an individual. I’m not going to take away from him his ingenuity in the final third of the field - his genius. You have my word - this is not true. “The last third of the pitch - you have to go there, you have to create. I’m not going to take that away from anyone. The full-back [in you own team]? Yes, you have to keep an eye on him. But you have to create.” To find Neymar at the centre of attention four years after he missed the calamitous loss to Germany in Belo Horizonte through injury is hardly surprising, given his subsequent €222 million move to Paris Saint-Germain, and the constant dramas around his happiness, or otherwise, in France. The most heavily-branded player in Brazilian football history has also just returned from a foot fracture and limped out of training this week, only to return in time for Tite to name an unchanged team for Saint Petersburg. Neymar was fouled 10 times by Switzerland Credit: barcroft images With all this going on, you might forget that Brazil can also call on Gabriel Jesus, their first-choice centre-forward, Roberto Firmino, who replaced Jesus in Rostov-on-Don, Philippe Coutinho, who scored a sumptuous curled goal against Switzerland, and Douglas Costa, who many thought should have come on for Neymar in the opening Group E match. Brazil qualified for this World Cup impressively with 10 wins, two draws and 30 goals to start the long process of recovering from the mortification of 2014. Yet a failure to beat Costa Rica would extend to four their run of World Cup matches without a victory, matching the barren spell of 1974-78. Only in Pele’s homeland could a sequence of four win-less game be cast as a looming disaster. Tite’s team, on the other hand, are unbeaten in 13 while Costa Rica have lost seven of their last nine. Tite, though, has plainly staked his reputation on his household name and crowd-pleaser - Neymar - who was fouled 10 times by Switzerland, from a total of 19 fouls against the Selecao. Brazil were sufficiently rattled by that game to claim VAR was underused, but now Tite is retreating from that position. He says: “I don’t want any kind of advantage, we don’t need an advantage, we don’t want an advantage. We want to say we won because we played better. We respect the opponent.” Costa Rica’s coach, Oscar Ramirez, promised to play fair. “People have tried to stop him [Neymar] a little aggressively,” Ramirez said here. “Maybe we’ll cover him with two players. Of course we don’t want to see any unfair challenges against him.” Tite, meanwhile, insists Neymar’s hobbling in mid-week was not a recurrence of his old injury: “No, he had a blow there, but I think it was three-and-a-half months before he played his first game of 90 minutes. There’s a science and a lot of tranquility here. It’s a minimum of five matches you need to be spot on, and he’s already speeded up the process. There’s an evolution going on here, don’t worry. test - do not delete “You just speed up the steps, there’s no sacrifice. The coach is not going to play with a player’s health. That’s too high a price to pay. No way, no compromise.” Despite the draw with Switzerland, the mood in Brazil remains largely sanguine. England, it seems, are not the only side making an effort to communicate with their public directly, with social media posts multiplying. Tite said: “Of course the love of the fans brings a very strong emotional component and of course we’re happy with that. Parallel to that, there is a very high level of concentration. You have to be very focused and level-headed. Over the 90 minutes you have to bring the love of the fans and use it to play with lucidity. With emotion and reason.” Brazil in training Credit: afp Brazil’s rotating captaincy falls to Thiago Silva, the leader four years ago on home soil, who says: “The fight is on.” The Brazilian media circus retains its capacity to amaze and delight. Among the questions put to Thiago was how the team are coping with Saint Petersburg’s ‘White Nights’, in which, during May and June, darkness never quite seems to fall. With curtains might seem the obvious answer, but Thiago said: “We were told to turn off the ipad and cellphone to fall asleep; talking to friends and family in Brazil - this is going to give us sleeping problems.” Presumably the only topic of conversation is Neymar. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Brazil's World Cup is in danger of turning into the Neymar Show again
Four years after they held his shirt up during the anthems in the 7-1 defeat to Germany, Brazil still feel like the Neymar Show, with the manager forced to deny he has told the team’s global star to be less selfish against Costa Rica in game two. “It’s a lie,” declared Adenor Bacchi, better known as Tite, at the Saint Petersburg Stadium where Brazil will endeavour to improve on their 1-1 draw with Switzerland. In a media conference dominated by the world’s most expensive player, Tite was interrogated about suggestions back in Brazil that Neymar played his own private game against the Swiss and was asked to change his ways against Costa Rica. “I don’t like to personalise it, but absolutely not,” Tite told a Brazilian reporter. “The information you have is not true, not to say - it’s a lie, that didn’t happen. All the players have the responsibility of playing for the collective but also being an individual. I’m not going to take away from him his ingenuity in the final third of the field - his genius. You have my word - this is not true. “The last third of the pitch - you have to go there, you have to create. I’m not going to take that away from anyone. The full-back [in you own team]? Yes, you have to keep an eye on him. But you have to create.” To find Neymar at the centre of attention four years after he missed the calamitous loss to Germany in Belo Horizonte through injury is hardly surprising, given his subsequent €222 million move to Paris Saint-Germain, and the constant dramas around his happiness, or otherwise, in France. The most heavily-branded player in Brazilian football history has also just returned from a foot fracture and limped out of training this week, only to return in time for Tite to name an unchanged team for Saint Petersburg. Neymar was fouled 10 times by Switzerland Credit: barcroft images With all this going on, you might forget that Brazil can also call on Gabriel Jesus, their first-choice centre-forward, Roberto Firmino, who replaced Jesus in Rostov-on-Don, Philippe Coutinho, who scored a sumptuous curled goal against Switzerland, and Douglas Costa, who many thought should have come on for Neymar in the opening Group E match. Brazil qualified for this World Cup impressively with 10 wins, two draws and 30 goals to start the long process of recovering from the mortification of 2014. Yet a failure to beat Costa Rica would extend to four their run of World Cup matches without a victory, matching the barren spell of 1974-78. Only in Pele’s homeland could a sequence of four win-less game be cast as a looming disaster. Tite’s team, on the other hand, are unbeaten in 13 while Costa Rica have lost seven of their last nine. Tite, though, has plainly staked his reputation on his household name and crowd-pleaser - Neymar - who was fouled 10 times by Switzerland, from a total of 19 fouls against the Selecao. Brazil were sufficiently rattled by that game to claim VAR was underused, but now Tite is retreating from that position. He says: “I don’t want any kind of advantage, we don’t need an advantage, we don’t want an advantage. We want to say we won because we played better. We respect the opponent.” Costa Rica’s coach, Oscar Ramirez, promised to play fair. “People have tried to stop him [Neymar] a little aggressively,” Ramirez said here. “Maybe we’ll cover him with two players. Of course we don’t want to see any unfair challenges against him.” Tite, meanwhile, insists Neymar’s hobbling in mid-week was not a recurrence of his old injury: “No, he had a blow there, but I think it was three-and-a-half months before he played his first game of 90 minutes. There’s a science and a lot of tranquility here. It’s a minimum of five matches you need to be spot on, and he’s already speeded up the process. There’s an evolution going on here, don’t worry. test - do not delete “You just speed up the steps, there’s no sacrifice. The coach is not going to play with a player’s health. That’s too high a price to pay. No way, no compromise.” Despite the draw with Switzerland, the mood in Brazil remains largely sanguine. England, it seems, are not the only side making an effort to communicate with their public directly, with social media posts multiplying. Tite said: “Of course the love of the fans brings a very strong emotional component and of course we’re happy with that. Parallel to that, there is a very high level of concentration. You have to be very focused and level-headed. Over the 90 minutes you have to bring the love of the fans and use it to play with lucidity. With emotion and reason.” Brazil in training Credit: afp Brazil’s rotating captaincy falls to Thiago Silva, the leader four years ago on home soil, who says: “The fight is on.” The Brazilian media circus retains its capacity to amaze and delight. Among the questions put to Thiago was how the team are coping with Saint Petersburg’s ‘White Nights’, in which, during May and June, darkness never quite seems to fall. With curtains might seem the obvious answer, but Thiago said: “We were told to turn off the ipad and cellphone to fall asleep; talking to friends and family in Brazil - this is going to give us sleeping problems.” Presumably the only topic of conversation is Neymar. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Four years after they held his shirt up during the anthems in the 7-1 defeat to Germany, Brazil still feel like the Neymar Show, with the manager forced to deny he has told the team’s global star to be less selfish against Costa Rica in game two. “It’s a lie,” declared Adenor Bacchi, better known as Tite, at the Saint Petersburg Stadium where Brazil will endeavour to improve on their 1-1 draw with Switzerland. In a media conference dominated by the world’s most expensive player, Tite was interrogated about suggestions back in Brazil that Neymar played his own private game against the Swiss and was asked to change his ways against Costa Rica. “I don’t like to personalise it, but absolutely not,” Tite told a Brazilian reporter. “The information you have is not true, not to say - it’s a lie, that didn’t happen. All the players have the responsibility of playing for the collective but also being an individual. I’m not going to take away from him his ingenuity in the final third of the field - his genius. You have my word - this is not true. “The last third of the pitch - you have to go there, you have to create. I’m not going to take that away from anyone. The full-back [in you own team]? Yes, you have to keep an eye on him. But you have to create.” To find Neymar at the centre of attention four years after he missed the calamitous loss to Germany in Belo Horizonte through injury is hardly surprising, given his subsequent €222 million move to Paris Saint-Germain, and the constant dramas around his happiness, or otherwise, in France. The most heavily-branded player in Brazilian football history has also just returned from a foot fracture and limped out of training this week, only to return in time for Tite to name an unchanged team for Saint Petersburg. Neymar was fouled 10 times by Switzerland Credit: barcroft images With all this going on, you might forget that Brazil can also call on Gabriel Jesus, their first-choice centre-forward, Roberto Firmino, who replaced Jesus in Rostov-on-Don, Philippe Coutinho, who scored a sumptuous curled goal against Switzerland, and Douglas Costa, who many thought should have come on for Neymar in the opening Group E match. Brazil qualified for this World Cup impressively with 10 wins, two draws and 30 goals to start the long process of recovering from the mortification of 2014. Yet a failure to beat Costa Rica would extend to four their run of World Cup matches without a victory, matching the barren spell of 1974-78. Only in Pele’s homeland could a sequence of four win-less game be cast as a looming disaster. Tite’s team, on the other hand, are unbeaten in 13 while Costa Rica have lost seven of their last nine. Tite, though, has plainly staked his reputation on his household name and crowd-pleaser - Neymar - who was fouled 10 times by Switzerland, from a total of 19 fouls against the Selecao. Brazil were sufficiently rattled by that game to claim VAR was underused, but now Tite is retreating from that position. He says: “I don’t want any kind of advantage, we don’t need an advantage, we don’t want an advantage. We want to say we won because we played better. We respect the opponent.” Costa Rica’s coach, Oscar Ramirez, promised to play fair. “People have tried to stop him [Neymar] a little aggressively,” Ramirez said here. “Maybe we’ll cover him with two players. Of course we don’t want to see any unfair challenges against him.” Tite, meanwhile, insists Neymar’s hobbling in mid-week was not a recurrence of his old injury: “No, he had a blow there, but I think it was three-and-a-half months before he played his first game of 90 minutes. There’s a science and a lot of tranquility here. It’s a minimum of five matches you need to be spot on, and he’s already speeded up the process. There’s an evolution going on here, don’t worry. test - do not delete “You just speed up the steps, there’s no sacrifice. The coach is not going to play with a player’s health. That’s too high a price to pay. No way, no compromise.” Despite the draw with Switzerland, the mood in Brazil remains largely sanguine. England, it seems, are not the only side making an effort to communicate with their public directly, with social media posts multiplying. Tite said: “Of course the love of the fans brings a very strong emotional component and of course we’re happy with that. Parallel to that, there is a very high level of concentration. You have to be very focused and level-headed. Over the 90 minutes you have to bring the love of the fans and use it to play with lucidity. With emotion and reason.” Brazil in training Credit: afp Brazil’s rotating captaincy falls to Thiago Silva, the leader four years ago on home soil, who says: “The fight is on.” The Brazilian media circus retains its capacity to amaze and delight. Among the questions put to Thiago was how the team are coping with Saint Petersburg’s ‘White Nights’, in which, during May and June, darkness never quite seems to fall. With curtains might seem the obvious answer, but Thiago said: “We were told to turn off the ipad and cellphone to fall asleep; talking to friends and family in Brazil - this is going to give us sleeping problems.” Presumably the only topic of conversation is Neymar. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Brazil's World Cup is in danger of turning into the Neymar Show again
Four years after they held his shirt up during the anthems in the 7-1 defeat to Germany, Brazil still feel like the Neymar Show, with the manager forced to deny he has told the team’s global star to be less selfish against Costa Rica in game two. “It’s a lie,” declared Adenor Bacchi, better known as Tite, at the Saint Petersburg Stadium where Brazil will endeavour to improve on their 1-1 draw with Switzerland. In a media conference dominated by the world’s most expensive player, Tite was interrogated about suggestions back in Brazil that Neymar played his own private game against the Swiss and was asked to change his ways against Costa Rica. “I don’t like to personalise it, but absolutely not,” Tite told a Brazilian reporter. “The information you have is not true, not to say - it’s a lie, that didn’t happen. All the players have the responsibility of playing for the collective but also being an individual. I’m not going to take away from him his ingenuity in the final third of the field - his genius. You have my word - this is not true. “The last third of the pitch - you have to go there, you have to create. I’m not going to take that away from anyone. The full-back [in you own team]? Yes, you have to keep an eye on him. But you have to create.” To find Neymar at the centre of attention four years after he missed the calamitous loss to Germany in Belo Horizonte through injury is hardly surprising, given his subsequent €222 million move to Paris Saint-Germain, and the constant dramas around his happiness, or otherwise, in France. The most heavily-branded player in Brazilian football history has also just returned from a foot fracture and limped out of training this week, only to return in time for Tite to name an unchanged team for Saint Petersburg. Neymar was fouled 10 times by Switzerland Credit: barcroft images With all this going on, you might forget that Brazil can also call on Gabriel Jesus, their first-choice centre-forward, Roberto Firmino, who replaced Jesus in Rostov-on-Don, Philippe Coutinho, who scored a sumptuous curled goal against Switzerland, and Douglas Costa, who many thought should have come on for Neymar in the opening Group E match. Brazil qualified for this World Cup impressively with 10 wins, two draws and 30 goals to start the long process of recovering from the mortification of 2014. Yet a failure to beat Costa Rica would extend to four their run of World Cup matches without a victory, matching the barren spell of 1974-78. Only in Pele’s homeland could a sequence of four win-less game be cast as a looming disaster. Tite’s team, on the other hand, are unbeaten in 13 while Costa Rica have lost seven of their last nine. Tite, though, has plainly staked his reputation on his household name and crowd-pleaser - Neymar - who was fouled 10 times by Switzerland, from a total of 19 fouls against the Selecao. Brazil were sufficiently rattled by that game to claim VAR was underused, but now Tite is retreating from that position. He says: “I don’t want any kind of advantage, we don’t need an advantage, we don’t want an advantage. We want to say we won because we played better. We respect the opponent.” Costa Rica’s coach, Oscar Ramirez, promised to play fair. “People have tried to stop him [Neymar] a little aggressively,” Ramirez said here. “Maybe we’ll cover him with two players. Of course we don’t want to see any unfair challenges against him.” Tite, meanwhile, insists Neymar’s hobbling in mid-week was not a recurrence of his old injury: “No, he had a blow there, but I think it was three-and-a-half months before he played his first game of 90 minutes. There’s a science and a lot of tranquility here. It’s a minimum of five matches you need to be spot on, and he’s already speeded up the process. There’s an evolution going on here, don’t worry. test - do not delete “You just speed up the steps, there’s no sacrifice. The coach is not going to play with a player’s health. That’s too high a price to pay. No way, no compromise.” Despite the draw with Switzerland, the mood in Brazil remains largely sanguine. England, it seems, are not the only side making an effort to communicate with their public directly, with social media posts multiplying. Tite said: “Of course the love of the fans brings a very strong emotional component and of course we’re happy with that. Parallel to that, there is a very high level of concentration. You have to be very focused and level-headed. Over the 90 minutes you have to bring the love of the fans and use it to play with lucidity. With emotion and reason.” Brazil in training Credit: afp Brazil’s rotating captaincy falls to Thiago Silva, the leader four years ago on home soil, who says: “The fight is on.” The Brazilian media circus retains its capacity to amaze and delight. Among the questions put to Thiago was how the team are coping with Saint Petersburg’s ‘White Nights’, in which, during May and June, darkness never quite seems to fall. With curtains might seem the obvious answer, but Thiago said: “We were told to turn off the ipad and cellphone to fall asleep; talking to friends and family in Brazil - this is going to give us sleeping problems.” Presumably the only topic of conversation is Neymar. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
The Paris Saint-Germain forward will not be told to temper the natural flair of his playing style to assist the World Cup cause of the Selecao
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The Paris Saint-Germain forward will not be told to temper the natural flair of his playing style to assist the World Cup cause of the Selecao
Neymar will not be told to temper the natural flair of his playing style to assist the World Cup cause of Brazil and head coach Tite.
Tite will not take away Neymar's 'genius'
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The Selecao forward has spent a lifetime fighting off defenders and seeking protection from referees, but must focus on the big picture in Russia
The Selecao forward has spent a lifetime fighting off defenders and seeking protection from referees, but must focus on the big picture in Russia
Why does Neymar showboat? Brazil star must stop fighting battles if he is to win the war
The Selecao forward has spent a lifetime fighting off defenders and seeking protection from referees, but must focus on the big picture in Russia
The Selecao forward has spent a lifetime fighting off defenders and seeking protection from referees, but must focus on the big picture in Russia
Why does Neymar showboat? Brazil star must stop fighting battles if he is to win the war
The Selecao forward has spent a lifetime fighting off defenders and seeking protection from referees, but must focus on the big picture in Russia
Brazil's Neymar warms up before the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
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Brazil's Neymar warms up before the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
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Brazil's Neymar celebrates after the match. REUTERS/Lee Smith
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Brazil's Neymar celebrates after the match. REUTERS/Lee Smith
Brazil's Neymar looks dejected after missing a chance to score. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Costa Rica
Brazil's Neymar looks dejected after missing a chance to score. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
Brazil's forward Neymar reacts after scoring his goal during Brazil's World Cup match against Costa Rica in Saint Petersburg (AFP Photo/GABRIEL BOUYS )
Brazil's forward Neymar reacts after scoring his goal during Brazil's World Cup match against Costa Rica in Saint Petersburg
Brazil's forward Neymar reacts after scoring his goal during Brazil's World Cup match against Costa Rica in Saint Petersburg (AFP Photo/GABRIEL BOUYS )
Brazil's Neymar celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Brazil leaves it late to beat Costa Rica 2-0 at World Cup
Brazil's Neymar celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Brazil's Neymar, right, and Costa Rica's Celso Borges challenge for the ball during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Brazil leaves it late to beat Costa Rica 2-0 at World Cup
Brazil's Neymar, right, and Costa Rica's Celso Borges challenge for the ball during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Brazil's Neymar, left, reacts as he talks with referee Bjorn Kuipers from Netherlands during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Brazil leaves it late to beat Costa Rica 2-0 at World Cup
Brazil's Neymar, left, reacts as he talks with referee Bjorn Kuipers from Netherlands during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Brazil's Neymar reacts after a tackle by Costa Rica's Cristian Gamboa during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Brazil leaves it late to beat Costa Rica 2-0 at World Cup
Brazil's Neymar reacts after a tackle by Costa Rica's Cristian Gamboa during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Brazil's Neymar during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Brazil leaves it late to beat Costa Rica 2-0 at World Cup
Brazil's Neymar during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Brazil's Neymar is brought down by Costa Rica's Cristian Gamboa during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Brazil leaves it late to beat Costa Rica 2-0 at World Cup
Brazil's Neymar is brought down by Costa Rica's Cristian Gamboa during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Brazil's Neymar, right, looks at referee Bjorn Kuipers from Netherlands during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Brazil leaves it late to beat Costa Rica 2-0 at World Cup
Brazil's Neymar, right, looks at referee Bjorn Kuipers from Netherlands during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Neymar mocked after spectacular dive for Brazil
Neymar mocked after spectacular dive for Brazil
Neymar mocked after spectacular dive for Brazil
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Brazil eventually broke through vs. Costa Rica, and Neymar eventually scored his goal, but the warning signs that could lead to the Seleção's downfall in Russia still remain.
Brazil eventually broke through vs. Costa Rica, and Neymar eventually scored his goal, but the warning signs that could lead to the Seleção's downfall in Russia still remain.
Brazil Secures Its Win, but Neymar's Actions Remain a Lightning Rod
Brazil eventually broke through vs. Costa Rica, and Neymar eventually scored his goal, but the warning signs that could lead to the Seleção's downfall in Russia still remain.

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