Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Neymar hobbles out of Brazil World Cup training

Neymar hobbles out of Brazil World Cup training

Meanwhile, earlier reported that Costa Rica were beaten 1-0 by Serbia in the other Group E fixture.

Brazil star Neymar sat out training on Monday following the 1-1 draw with Switzerland in their World Cup opener.

Tite's men ended as they had begun with a series of chances for a late victor as Neymar and Roberto Firmino headed straight at Sommer before Miranda dragged a shot inches wide.

However, later in the day, sources say it looks like an ankle problem for the forward and the Brazil talisman should, in all probability, be able to train on Wednesday.

Defender Thiago Silva, who plays his domestic football with Paris Saint-Germain, said the players were left a little confused as to what they could say to the referee.

That was the sight of Neymar visibly hobbling through the Rostov Arena mixed zone, after Switzerland subjected him to more fouls than any World Cup player in a single game in 20 years.

In revitalising the side and finding the right blend, he ensured they were the first South American side to reach Russian Federation 2018. It's for the referee to see it.

Philippe Coutinho got Tite's side off to a flying start, but they couldn't hang on as the Swiss asserted themselves in the second half.

Today's game marks the return of the Brazilians to the World Cup stage following their traumatic campaign on home soil in 2014. "It's not up to us players.", he said.

Meanwhile, Tite's opposite number Vladimir Petkovic said he hoped his team would get some deserved recognition for the hard-earned point after few had given Switzerland a chance against one of the favourites in Russian Federation. "We knew this game wasn't going to be easy".

Tite's start-studded 11, which included Chelsea' Willian in a front three alongside Gabriel Jesus and Neymar, struggled to click throughout the game, against a hard-working Swiss side. "We got a draw, but this is only the beginning for us".

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