Brazil and Neymar try to bounce back from World Cup draw

Gabriel Jesus to retain Brazil place ahead of Roberto Firmino against Costa Rica

Friday’s World Cup preview: Brazil and Neymar try to bounce back from World Cup draw

Tite was creative with his substitutions and with them the team gained speed and offensive presence compared to the opening period, putting Costa Rica under heavy pressure.

While late goals from Philippe Coutinho and Neymar kick-start their 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, back-to-back defeats have ended the Central Americans' hopes of progression.

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The 26-year-old winced in pain after kicking the ball during a training session and then left the pitch in Sochi for treatment to his right ankle.

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Kuipers laid a hand on Neymar's chest who said: "Don't touch me". The team is among the top in the world and anything but a victory against Costa Rica would make it harder to advance from the group stage. Gabriel Jesus started Brazil's opening group game but was substituted out by Roberto Firmino, who was the stronger player and almost scored a late victor from a header.

VAR revealed Neymar to be a "diver" on Friday as the Brazil star had a penalty taken off him in his side's win against Costa Riva.

Jesus had a quiet game against Switzerland in the 1-1 draw on Sunday and was replaced by Roberto Firmino in the second half. I can't evaluate it, but one thing I can tell you: "the joy and pride of representing the Selecao is great", he said. They have to go for it today as a point does little for their cause really, and that means that we could be in for a high-scoring affair.

"It was either the symptom of troubling instability or it was a return of Neymar's narcissism that Neymar had managed to control so well for almost the whole match".

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