Neymar mocked after epic fall in Brazil game against Costa Rica

Brazil vs Costa Rica : Neymar starts as Tite keeps faith in stars

Brazil vs Costa Rica : Neymar starts as Tite keeps faith in stars

He was out three and a half months and he played the full match. Here is how both teams will line up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup clash. He took the field for the match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi last Monday.

Battered and bruised by Switzerland in a 1-1 draw on Sunday, Neymar's appeals for more protection did not impress Kuipers, who consistently told the Paris Saint-Germain star to get to his feet instead of appealing for free-kicks.

Brazil are now on four points and top Group E, with Serbia (2nd) set to play Switzerland (3rd), while Costa Rica are the first CONCACAF nation to exit the World Cup.

At first, referee Bjorn Kuipers gave the spot-kick but the incident was looked at again by VAR and, though Gonzalez did grab at Neymar's jersey as he slipped, the contact appeared minimal prior to the world's most expensive footballer hitting the deck.

Asked whether he thought the change of haircut would work in the team's favor, Carles replied: "Yes yes, we hope so. today is the match for Brazil".

Navas - a growing thorn in Brazil's side - pulled off even greater heroics to deny Neymar with a fingertip save soon after, while another Coutinho strike was directed straight at the goalkeeper. To the frustration of many in the French capital, Neymar returned home for much of his recovery process with the intention of being fully fit for the World Cup.

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Brazil outshot Costa Rica 23 to 4 over the course of the match with nine on target to zero for the CONCACAF squad.

Neymar had missed a number of chances during the game and went down under controversial circumstances to win a penalty that was later ruled out by VAR.

Costa Rica will likely try similar tactics to force the other attackers to step up. We try and respond on the pitch, playing as well as possible, and dedicating ourselves on the training ground.

Switzerland's equaliser was only the sixth goal Brazil conceded in 22 games under Tite, while Neymar struggled to perform at his best.

Brazil defender Danilo has been ruled out of Friday's Group E game with Costa Rica with a thigh problem and will be replaced by Corinthians right-back Fagner, the Brazilian Football Confederation said on Thursday.

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