Neymar Under Pressure As Brazil Aim Victory

Brazil can still turn chances into success at World Cup

Neymar has been heavily criticized by many football fans following his style of play, mostly during Brazil's 2-0 win over Costa Rica where he was given a penalty by the match official but VAR overruled the decision after referee Bjorn Kuipers deemed it a dive.

"We were anxious about him a month ago, because we didn't know how Neymar would be in the national team - when a player like him is out for three-and-a-half months with an injury, it's very hard". Against Germany they deserved their (1-0) victory, ' he said.

The Real Madrid left-back was substituted after just 10 minutes of the game and early analysis suggested he was suffering from back problems.

"Injuries will happen, it's inevitable, and for the most varied reasons", he said Thursday, a day after the Brazilians advanced by beating Serbia.

Joachim Low's men were dramatically close to elimination from Russian Federation 2018 before Toni Kroos' late strike against the Swedes nestled in the top corner of Robin Olsen's net in Sochi lat Saturday, sparing them - for now at least - the humiliation of an anemic defense of the trophy they won in Brazil four years ago.

Once word got out of the weird injury, social media reacted.

Brazil had to leave it late to defeat Costa Rica in their second game and must be play better than they have in their opening two games to beat Costa Rica at the Otkrytie Arena.

"They were muscle spasms".

Doctors will blame a soft mattress for an injury before admitting they made mistakes getting the players ready for the tournament in Russian Federation.

Brazil's team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar told reporters after the game that he was optimistic over the 30-year-old's chances of being fit for Brazil's round of 16 clash against Mexico on Monday.

"There is no recovery period".

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